Wendy Willis, Director of Missions and Connections
Simpsonwood United Methodist Church

November has ushered in and the leaves on the trees are finally beginning to change.  Vibrant hues of red, orange and gold remind us that our seasons are changing and an intentional shift in mindset is a choice we can make.  Focusing on thankfulness humbles us and causes us to be less selfish.  I choose to spend my 30 days of November with an attitude of gratitude-  the way I wish I spent every single day of the year!

This month of the year is one of my favorites.  The beautiful colors, cooler temperatures and warmth of hospitality feel so good to my senses.  But what brings the most joy for me, the greatest heart reward, is choosing to reflect on how abundantly God has blessed me.  Pondering the rich earthly relationships in my life is such a treasure and I enjoy the time scripting hand-written notes to those who mean so much.  The ultimate gift, however, comes from the relationship with my heavenly Father-  of whom I owe it all. 

When we truly pause and consider the abundance we have as Christians, we are in awe.  He has given us so much.  Aren’t we all compelled to share that amazing love with others?  This month of November, we have numerous opportunities to give, serve and love-  both in our local community and across the world.  Beginning today, we have a resource available to you and your families as a guide to ways you can make a difference in the lives of others in need this holiday season.

Click Here to download your 2017 Holiday Serving Guide

As a gift back to God who has blessed each of us with such abundance, take some time to ponder how you might give yourself away in His name.  Share this guide around your table over an evening meal.  Talk with your children about what you might do together as a family BEFORE you focus on those Christmas lists.  Pray about who God might lead you to invite to join with you.

You’ll be so glad that you did.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. “  Colossians 3:17