3Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land,
you who do what he commands.
Seek righteousness, seek humility;
perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I humbled myself before the Lord these last few days in thanksgiving for all the blessings in my life. Mrs. Z’s side of the family does a big celebration every year in Georgia. Last year was a very special year as many came up to celebrate the matriarch of the family, Mrs. Z’s grandmother, for an early 80th Birthday surprise. This year, the majesty and wonder seemed to grow stronger.
I have been attending these gatherings for the last 16 years. The babies of our first years have become teenagers, the children are now adults, and our two little ones continue to grow and grow. Our kids love visiting this small town in south central Georgia, where the cotton fields go on for miles and the stars shine extra bright at night. The older kids played manhunt every night I was there, while the littler ones just came up with their own crazy adventures. It was a wonderful sight to see my children thriving and enjoying the company of family. It provided opportunities for the parents and grandparents to share in their own fellowship. And then there was the food. Five folding tables worth of the best southern inspired Turkey Day staples, every family member pitching in: bringing a dish, smoking a meat, baking a dessert.
As I wrote this, thinking of the love I felt for my children and the joy it brought me to see them so happy and so content, I realized that this is exactly what God wants for all His children. He wants the whole world to love creation, to enjoy the families He has blessed them with, to spend a weekend reflecting on all we have to be thankful for, and to give the glory to God. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. Obey Jesus’ command: Love God and Love People. And to help lift up, bring in, and love on those less fortunate. This life was meant to be enjoyed, to be filled with love, to worship our Creator and serve our Savior. Let’s stop making it more complicated than it needs to be.
We are about to enter our final month of 2021, a month of celebrating the greatest moment in humanities history. I can not wait to share another year of lifting up the miracle that is the birth of Jesus Christ with y’all.
In my travels over the holidays I got caught up on Pastor Steven Furtick’s continuation of his powerful preaching. Click the image below to get caught up yourself.
I also was able to preview all of the releases from Friday’s New Music Christian scene, but at just 12 singles, it was a quick listen. My favorite was the latest release from Brit Nicole, one of our most cherished female Chrsitian artists, who has not dropped new music in five years. Click below to hear why we’re excited to see what she’ll be coming out with soon!
Reading plan: Jude 24,25
Deeper reading plan: Zephaniah 3:1-8