Let Us Be Thankful!
“You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!
As we look outside at the changing leaves and feel the (sporadic) cooler weather, we are reminded of God’s seasons. He faithfully brings Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter each year and we are thankful for His consistency. In the same way, a Church Family goes through seasons. We can look back at the busy and bustling Summer months, filled with One Way Clubs and Fam Jams in our community. We can see the start of the school year and the re-entry into routine for so many families. We can, most recently, look back at the Fall Festival and praise God for all the new friendships that were formed and conversations that took place. And now, as our church family looks forward to Advent, let us be thankful.
We can be thankful for all the ways God has chosen to use us in His great mission. I often have to remind myself that God doesn’t NEED Andrew Steier. However, He is pleased to USE me to impact the lives of others and lead them to a loving relationship with Him. We, as the Church, can turn to God and thank Him for including us in His grand plan. Just look around! SCC K!DS, Ignition Student Ministry, WINGS, Men’s Ministry, Ladies’ Ministry, Joyful Heirs, all the missionaries serving locally and overseas, Living Water Preschool, the jam-packed Connect Groups all over campus, and so many more! We can be thankful that God is moving. Every new family walking in the door seeking to grow, every individual coming to heal, every 45-year member finding a familiar seat on a Sunday morning, and everyone in between should cause us as a Church Family to rejoice!
If I seem excited and optimistic, you caught me. It’s a well-known ministry hint to “find the wins” in any situation and hold onto what God is doing through them. Wins like a teenager beginning a relationship with Christ, a 5th grader being baptized in front of all his friends, or someone deeply impacted by a Sunday sermon are what drive believers forward with excitement. God is moving. He is changing lives, and you and I get a front row seat. As I close, I would like to give you, the reader, a few practical ways to “catch the bug” of excitement if you haven’t already:
1) Plug into a Connect Group
a. These are how we “live life together” with our brothers and sisters in the Church Family. This is where real relationships are made as believers dig into each other’s lives and fall more in love with Jesus.
2) Volunteer in SCC K!DS
a. If you want to see lives changed, go hang out with some 3rd graders. If you’re not excited about what God is doing, ask a 5-year-old about God’s covenant with Abraham. Real, practical life change happens in elementary school. Get involved.
3) Engage with people you don’t recognize
a. We have many new faces in the church these days. Grab someone new and buy them lunch! Begin a relationship with someone from a completely different generation and background. This is what the Church is designed to be, a place where age, race, preference, and background fall away in the presence of the Cross.
And so we give thanks. I challenge you to stop right now and begin listing the things you are thankful for. How is God moving in your family? How are you being used by God to impact others? We serve an amazing God, who’s steadfast love endures forever.
Youth Ministry Director