Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Season

Here we are again at the beginning of another Holiday Season. Have you ever thought about what we put ourselves through during the holidays? We start off with Thanksgiving when we stuff ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie. Then we turn our focus to buying Christmas gifts where we torture ourselves with the dilemma will this person like that or that person always spends more money, so I should too. At the close of the season we have a big party to bring in the New Year where we make resolutions to lose the weight we put on while stuffing ourselves, to cut back on our spending because we over spent our budget trying to impress our friends and family with great gifts.
This may not be true for everyone, but I am sure something about it resonates with most of us.
The best gift you can give someone this Christmas is the gift of yourself. Remember, we only have one life to live and only what's done for Christ will last.

So what are you really thankful for?
The obvious things we are thankful for always include children, spouse, family, friends and love. Those are great things to be thankful for, but life is not that simple. Especially the past couple years I have learned to appreciate the things most of us take for granted. I am thankful for the strength God grants me every day, physical and emotional, as that very day is a gift from God. I am thankful that I have been blessed to realize these things and so many others are gifts, not to be taken for granted. I am thankful that no matter how long or short this life may be, God blessed me by allowing me the opportunity to experience his love in ways I never thought were possible.

Wishing you all joy, love, happiness and peace for this holiday season.


Anonymous said...

Gordie, You always find a way to put into words such inspiring thoughts. You are a good man and I believe God is and will continue using you to help us all see life in a more healthy way. Thank You for chosing to take what life has dealt you to honor and Bless God. I am reminded agian of how this is just a journey we are on, we will not be home until we reach the other side.

Love you brother,

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to our sweet friends! Hope you had a day full of family and love...and turkey!

Love you, Bill and Karen...still no gun!

Anonymous said...

Hi Gordie,
Great Thanksgiving blog--have you figured out why we take stuff for granted and then when they are taken from us we think about those little things in life that we would not want to be without. Please let me know if you have!
I bet Emy was hooting the other night --- the Cowboys won!! Glad to hear you had a great time at VA.

Mary Ann & Lloyd

Anonymous said...

Hi Gordie,
I'm a blast from your past...Bonnie (Engel) Gentile. I have been following your "journey". You inspire me, truly. I just wanted to let you know that you are "touching" people that you probably are not even aware that you are.
Thank you for sharing...!

You, Emmy & your family are in my prayers,

Anonymous said...

Hi Gordie Thanks to you for your inspiring blog, we are blessed reading your little updates,too many times we look to our everyday issues and circumstances to base our happiness on but joy only comes from the Lord and you have that P.T.L. no one can take it from you!! Love Alvin& Ruthie

Anonymous said...

Hey Gordie,

We just wanted you to know that we think of you and Emy often. This blog is a great way for people to keep in touch.

Love you guys,
Nicki and Josh