This is my favorite time of the year with its autumn foliage, cornstalks, pumpkins and harvest. It's a beautiful season to count one’s blessings, but I have learned as I give thanks to be careful that the objects of my thanks don't become the focus of my life in searching for happiness and contentment. Life is fragile, and possessions can fade away and disappear. If they have become the focus of my life. I can be left frustrated and unhappy.
Lasting hope and peace begin when our focus is turned from ourselves, and we become thankful to the God of heaven who makes life and blessings possible. We have a loving God who desires to be in a personal relational relationship with us. That becomes possible when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, and He has promised to come into the lives of all who repent of their sins and follow Him in their lives. As we walk through life with him, contentment and peace become parts of our lives as our focus is turned from ourselves to the giver of life and peace.
This season, as we give thanks to God for the gifts of life we have through Christ, may we find contentment of heart through His presence and share with those around us who are facing leaner times. When we do, we will not only be blessed, but we will become a blessing and be part of the season of hope.
“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20.
Ted Brown is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship Church in Winfield.