2012 Thansgiving Season
November 23, 2012 - Sherri Bell, Celebrate Recovery Women's Group Leader
Sometimes life throws us a giant curve ball - we have to make a snap decision to catch it or let it hit us smack in the face.
Just because the other person doesn’t catch the ball like “we think they should have” – the judgment of their decision is not ours to make.
Kind of like life, people make choices everyday some bad, some good and even though they are not what “we think” are correct ~ we have to look past their choice and at the human being making the choice. They may be scared, hurting, don’t know how, unsure of themselves, or too afraid to be honest with others about what is going on in their life at that moment to ask for help.
Remembering someone today, who is no longer with us on this earth. I would enjoy the opportunity to say: “I sure have missed you – you know what: I am sorry we were not closer these past few months, I wish you would have told me about your problem and I would have been there for you at drug court, all you had to do was ask - we could have figured things out together, I would have told her about Celebrate Recovery Group Sessions and I would have driven her. I could have said: I Love You and you matter more to me than I ever told you!” I could have told her how and the reasons why she was so special to me. I should have asked her if she knew Jesus and if she said "No", I should have been excited to tell her all about my Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ.
God has a way of letting me know HE IS FIRST and I AM SECOND every day and life is to be lived like Jesus lived His – loving, forgiving and helping others to know His ways so they too may experience what we have…
This is not a copy and paste posting. These are my own words and feelings about my Aunt Kathy Cook who passed away earlier this year and about a few others in my family and friends that have either passed on in life or who I have not had the opportunity to let them know how I really feel about them.
So ~ this Thanksgiving Season ~ give a true, sincere GIFT to the people in your life by telling them how much you care about them, what they mean to you and if needed, say I am sorry or I forgive you… and while you are at it - Ask them if they have a Father in Heaven.
You may be giving them the perfect opportunity to discuss any issues they are faced with such as an alcohol or drug addiction and possibly opening the door to tell them WHO is the way, the truth and the life.
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda - I can no longer be that "Kinda" Christian - I need to start giving GIFTS that will last a "Forever Lifetime" to my friends and family by telling them about my Jesus.