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THE RELIGION CORNER: Thanksgiving — An Everyday Joy

This year, I’m feeling more thankful than ever before. God has blessed me with an abundance of blessings, most of which were extremely important to me. Frankly, each blessing has felt like a miracle come true.

They have come in so many wonderful ways. In fact, traps that had been set for my harm were turned for my good instead. Scripture says it this way: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”

This column, though, is not about me, so don’t look for my stories this time. This column is written to encourage each of you and to say thank you for reading my column.

Take time to realize how you are only here today and gone tomorrow. Use this time to take a careful look at your own life. Are you making the sacrifices that will lead you successfully in doing those things you were sent to this Earth to accomplish?

James 4:14 says it this way: “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

Though tomorrow is not promised, be about the business of getting those things done which the Father has assigned your hand to do, even if it seems like a very big dream. You ask, how do I do that? It’s like eating an elephant. How can a small person eat an entire elephant? You eat it one bite at a time!

Last week, an army of more than 100 women were honored in Prince Georges County for their efforts to boost the community. These were people I call “foot soldiers” or “the Village.” They say it takes a village to raise a child. These Phenomenal Women were a reflection of the Proverbs 31 Woman: They were virtuous!

What about you?  Is the work you’re doing only for selfish reasons, or have you lost yourself in your work because you are so involved in helping others by encouraging them, teaching and mentoring them so they won’t make many of the mistakes you once made?

Are you taking the mess that you seem to have made from your life and turning that mess into a powerful and positive message?

If you answer yes, then be very thankful. And finally, are you working as hard alone as if the whole world saw?  That’s my favorite line from my sorority prayer.

It is who we are when there is nobody looking that makes us who we really are. The Fantastic Four once said it best in the 1967 song called “The Whole World is a Stage,” and everybody’s playing a part.

Have you noticed how real-life stories are even more exciting than many movies? Often I watch people in an observing manner; it is amazing what we can learn.

Spend more time taking care of your own business and leaving other people’s business alone. That’s my Thanksgiving message for this year. Happy Thanksgiving holiday to you and your family and friends.

1 Chronicles 16:34 says, “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” And

Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” And finally, Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Be thankful every day you awaken. His mercy is everlasting. Then your job is done, and the Heavenly Father calls your name. Be ye also ready because you have lived your life doing those things that pleases the Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen!

Lyndia Grant is a radio talk show host on Radio One’s 1340, WYCB AM, Fridays at 6 p.m. Visit her website at www.lyndiagrant.com, call her at 202 558-2107 or send emails to lyndiagrant@gmail.com.

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A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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