He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life
Caring for the cavalry…
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.
1Thessalonians 5:11-13 (NIV)
When the cavalry rides in, do you say “thanks”, or “what took you so long”? Are you grateful? Do you pay it forward?? When was the last time you committed a deliberate act of kindness for someone you love? Do you say thank you, or do thank you?
God reminds me constantly how full my life is by filling it with people who show me love, bring me joy, asking very little in return. How could I not act, regularly, unexpectedly, to give back to those who give so much to me?
Abundance is defined as “an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply.” That describes the generosity of my friends, the unfailing support of my family, and the unending love of a Patient and All Wise God. My cavalry, my friends and family, have never failed to rescue me, by God’s Grace. Now it’s my turn.
I pledge to hold you in the highest regard, in love, because…
I promise to encourage you and fill you up, because…
I acknowledge you all because I couldn’t be me without you. And taking a moment to be thankful, to express my gratitude in visible, tangible, meaningful ways, reminds me again of the bounty that fills my life, providing again another reminder that God is Good.