We are now approaching my favorite time of the year — Fall.
The leaves shine their beauty for each eye to see, the chill in the air provides a quick reminder of why we like to be warm, and I love the beauty of the evergreen when all around has gone to sleep for winter.
There is so much to appreciate and, if you are not careful, you will miss the sights and sounds of the fall season. The only real difficulty you will discover is fighting through the sights and sounds of Christmas which have already begun. It is a real challenge to appreciate each of the next holidays because of the commercialization that the retail industry has created. Nevertheless, I will save that discussion for another column.
One of my personal practices during this season is to celebrate Thanks-giving. Yes, I’ve written it that way so as not to confuse the Thanksgiving holiday and my season of Thanks-giving. As I have aged through the years, I have become more aware with the passing of time the benefits and thanks I have received from folks. Some of these individuals are family members, some friends, and I have benefited from organizations and associations, too. These connections have made me laugh and cry, shared highlights and celebrations and invested in me through guidance and listening ears of wisdom.
For those who read this column regularly, you know I have no reservations about my recommendation to explore the benefits of a relationship with Jesus Christ. I am a Christian after all and I would not feel like a Christian at all if I hid that fact. My positions, thoughts and opinions all pass through that territory of Biblical review and what would Jesus do.
With that being written, my recommendations I consider cherished and held in reserve, so here comes one. With no reservations or hesitations, I want to encourage and recommend that you begin your own personal season of Thanks-giving. The Bible certainly directs Christians to “give honor to whom honor is due,” and throughout scripture we see thanks and praises.
For those reading who are not Christians, the recommendation remains. A time to honor and give thanks to those who have made a difference is always a good decision and the right thing to do anytime. For me, this is the time I have set aside each year to say thanks to some folks publicly and to give using my experiences and opportunities as I have been blessed by others.
The Bible says, “To whom much is given, much is required.” I feel the weight of responsibility as a blessed person and the requirement in my life to acknowledge the people, places and experiences of my life. I have a sense of obligation because of the time and wisdom given to me by others to give as I have received. To be really frank, one should have the mind of thanks-giving even if counting your blessings takes some time.