As important, desirable, and exciting as our identities and pursuits are, we need to remember one thing – all of it is secondary to our divine identity as children of God. When the greatest love we have in our lives is for God, then our identity as children of God will be at the forefront of our minds.
At its best, Thanksgiving is a reflective holiday to consider our lives and situations. It brings us together with those we care about. Most importantly, it gives us a chance to remember all that God does for us. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve talked about giving time and service to God generously (you can read these by clicking the links at the bottom of this article). While these are things we ought to do year-round, this time of year is great for reminders. And with Thanksgiving just days away, giving gratitude to God generously seems like a good reminder for all of us. So we’re going to look at some ways we can be more generous in our gratitude to God.
When we serve God, we are working to build His kingdom and gather His children. Serving others and serving God are some of the best things we can do in our lives.
The more He’s incorporated into our time, the more we’ll see the fulfillment of President Nelson’s promise that God “will multiply the remainder” of our time.
We can know and remember Christ in dozens of ways, and we should always be looking for more ways to know Him. But through our life-long pursuit of coming to know Christ deeply, we can’t forget some of the most basic, important parts of His character.
Jesus Christ promised us that the Holy Spirit would be with us, and we can trust in that promise.
Following God isn’t always easy. But it is possible. And making those efforts will bring great power and goodness into our lives.
Each of us has individual trails that we have to walk. Those trails are challenging, painful, and even scary at times. But we don’t walk them alone. We need a new generation of pioneers – pioneers who rely on Christ as they build bridges of compassion and work toward a unified community.
The fact is, we all need spiritual boosts once in a while. A solid reminder that the efforts we’re making are worthwhile. That we aren’t expected to be perfect in our efforts, we just need to make the efforts. That when we’re broken – as we ALL are, in one way or another – we have someone who can heal us, put us back together.
We’ve been blessed with the kingdom of God. And with that blessing comes the responsibility of caring for and growing the kingdom. The work of God is not for God to do alone; He brings us into it. It becomes our own. Our greatest gift and blessing is to be one with God in His work.