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Giving thanks for all things

02 Nov

The month of October is designated as “Pastor Appreciation Month,” sort of the Christian version of a Hallmark Holiday. Over the past month, I received a number of cards, emails, Facebook posts, and hugs affirming my ministry. I also received criticism of my decisions, theology, leadership, and personality.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells me to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

With that verse in mind, I am thankful for those who affirmed and encouraged me. I am grateful for their words. I am also thankful for those who criticize because they remind me that I am in a spiritual battle, and that I am to keep my focus on God and not on pleasing people (Galatians 1:10). The praise encourages and affirms while the criticism keeps me humble and dependent on God.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Personal growth, Scripture

 

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