Mavuno Live – Thanksgiving Service 2016

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, and His love endures forever.

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THE GIRL AND THE BAG OF COOKIES

One afternoon a shopper at the local mall felt the need for a coffee break.  She bought herself a little bag of cookies and put them in her shopping bag.  She then got in line for coffee, found a place to sit at one of the crowded tables, and then taking the lid off her coffee and taking out a magazine she began to sip her coffee and read.  Across the table from her a man sat reading a newspaper. After a minute or two she reached out and took a cookie.  As she did, the man seated across the table reached out and took one too.  This put her off, but she did not say anything.

A few moments later she took another cookie.  Once again the man did so too.  Now she was getting a bit upset, but still she did not say anything. After having a couple of sips of coffee she once again took another cookie.  So did the man.  She was really upset by this – especially since now only one cookie was left.  Apparently the man also realized that only one cookie was left.  Before she could say anything he took it, broke it in half, offered half to her, and proceeded to eat the other half himself.  Then he smiled at her and, putting the paper under his arm, rose and walked off.

The girl was mad!  Her coffee break was ruined. Angry and feeling taken advantage of, she folded her magazine, stood up to leave and opened her shopping bag. It was then that she discovered her own unopened bag of cookies!

 

 GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD . . .

What is really interesting about this story is that it may remind us about how sometimes, we do not really appreciate what God gives us or act like we know where it has come from. Making reference to the passage in Deuteronomy 8, Moses is telling the people of Israel how they will prosper in the Promised Land that God is leading them into, and how important it is not to forget the true source of their blessings.

 

READ Deuteronomy 8:10-18 (NIV)

 

What this is reminding us of is something we all know somewhere in our hearts, but often seem to forget in our actions and our attitudes. It’s telling us that everything we have is a gift from God. Even if you have worked hard for what you have, your mind, your hands and all your abilities are God-given gifts! And that’s why thanksgiving is important. In essence, you may as well say this to yourself ‘I am good, but I am not that good!’ You couldn’t have come this far without serious help! V.10 says ‘when you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you’. And v.18 tells us ‘remember the LORD your God’.

Regardless of how your current season maybe, this one thing remains, God has indeed been good to you and we should make time and find space to verbally give Him thanks. When we give thanks to God, what we say in essence is that we didn’t do it ourselves, but rather that we acknowledge that all that is good in our lives comes from Him. Sharing the good God has done to us and for us, and doing so publicly also serves to encourage someone else who maybe listening in.

So give thanks, to the Lord for He is good, and His love endures forever.

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3 Responses to “Mavuno Live – Thanksgiving Service 2016”

  1. such a really really powerful message, Deuteronomy 8 has been rooted deep down in my heart, very powerful message

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  2. Very informative…. Thank you for this.

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