Thursday, November 15, 2012

More Than Thankful- Part 2

This week at Wednesday Night Worship was part 2 of our "More Than Thankful" series.  After playing the Charlie Brown theme song again during the countdown we played a worship set that included:  "Oh Happiness" (David Crowder Band), "My Glorious" (Delirious), "Jesus Thank You", and in the middle of it Bailey read Psalm 111.

I began the message talking about how sometimes we all have things we need to do but would rather get someone else to do it for us.  Some students said they try this when they have to do certain chores.  For me it is when a phone call needs to be made.  For some reason I hate talking on the phone.  I always try to get out of it or get someone else to take or make the call for me.  However when we need to do something, we need to take responsibility and do it ourselves.  

The clip I showed from the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie was when they sat down to eat their meal.  First of all the food was prepared and served by Snoopy, which is enough to make you cringe.  Then the plate consisted of jelly beans, pretzel sticks, popcorn, and toast.  Definitely not your average thanksgiving meal and one that Peppermint Patty was not at all pleased with.  She is extremely ungrateful and makes a big scene about it.  After Marcy calls her out on it, she asks Marcy to go and apologize for her, which sadly Marcy does.  If I was in Charlie Brown's shoes, the apology would not have meant as much since it came from someone other than Peppermint Patty herself.  We then looked at two ways we should not let others take out place in something.

1)  Don't Let Others Take Your Place in Worship
Sadly we often come to church and go through the motions of worship.  Beyond church and singing we often lack in our are of worship through prayer and Bible study.  How could we pass up this opportunity to worship the creator of life who has given us reason to live.  Probably because we do not see God for who He really is or we take Him for granted.  However even if we do not worship Him, He will still be worshipped as we read in Luke 19:39-40.  The Pharisees are trying to get Jesus to quieten the crowd from worshipping Him but He proclaims that He will be worshipped and that even the rocks will worship Him if the people were silenced.  God will be worshipped, the question is whether or not we will take part in it.

2)  Don't Pass Up The Opportunity To Thank Others
We should not miss the opportunity to thank others who have impacted us and had a godly influence on our lives.  2 Timothy 1:3 Paul thanks God for the people he is address, much like he does in most of his letters.  Paul thanks God for putting them in his life, but then he goes on and says that he constantly prays for them.  Sometimes the greatest way we can thank someone is by praying for them.  It is humbling to know that people pray for you.  I asked the students to consider how often they lift up the people in their lives in prayer.  Often we can be ungrateful like in 2 Timothy 3:2 for the people in our lives.  If we begin to realize that everything and everyone is a gift from God (James 1:17) then it will change the way we view people.  If we treat people like they are a gift from God then our own lives may look differently.

At this moment I asked the students to spend a few minutes quietly in prayer and thinking about the people that God has placed in their lives.  When they were ready they were to get a piece of paper and write a note thanking them for how they have invested in their lives.  After a few minutes and everyone we done writing their letters, we spent another few moments in prayer praying for the people we wrote thank you letters to.  We prayed that God would bless, thanked God for putting them in our lives, and prayed that we ourselves would be used in others people's lives the way that we have been impacted.  It was a great night and even though this was a quick 2 week series it was a lot of fun and I believe that God showed us a lot.

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