2 Cor. 9:15 “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.” While this gift is beyond description, we are told that many did not receive him. At his birth, “there was no room in the Inn.” This Christmas reminds us again of God’s free offer of forgiveness and abundant life through his Son, Jesus Christ.
I encourage you and your family to enjoy all the magical moments of this blessed season. Celebrate with neighbors, friends, workmates and loved ones, but remember the reason for the season. Give and receive gifts, but remember that the greatest gift to be received is Jesus Christ.
I may have said some of the following, but it is worth repeating. Accepting God’s Indescribable gift frees you from the bondage of sin and ushers you into a position of right standing with God. You are granted the privileged to become sons and daughters of God. Your name is written in “the Lamb’s book of life.” And heaven becomes your eternal home.
Do not be content with just receiving God’s Indescribable gift, but purpose in your heart to reveal his love and will to others around you. Become an instrument of his amazing and incredible love. Allow his kindness and joy to flow through you to people of every walk of life.
Use this festive season to take God’s Indescribable gift public. The greatest birthday gift you can present to the Lord, is to introduce him to others. Make it your goal to demonstrate his love and kindness wherever you go. Because of our acceptance of this gift, you and I can call God, Abba, and Father. Thus we’ve become brothers and sisters in Christ.
What if you could connect people, ignite fresh thinking and create shared ownership for results?
According to anthropologist and cultural experts, our beloved country, Liberia, is among the nations in the global south (not the third world as economists have historically dubbed Africa) that is believed to be highly communal. That is, we are not like countries that are primarily individualistic. While there are arguments supporting overt values of either communalism or individualism, the reality is that prevalent in Liberian culture is the importance of community.
One thing that is central to an authentic community is relationships. In an effort to avoid prolonging the conversation here, I am sure we have heard that in most communities in Liberia, “everybody knows everybody”. This, of course, is being simplistic! However, the truth remains that we believe in developing relationships that extend beyond the biological core family.
While there are many unfortunate instances that have demonstrated our using relationships for personal gains, my intent in this forum is to encourage us to utilize relationship for positive outcomes in community and nation building. We can use relationships (old and new) as learning labs for effective changes in our country. I am confident that we all can utilize our relationships to be positive change-makers.
In future posts, I will attempt to unravel the power of relationships to creating professional networks that would be beneficial to making Mama Liberia accomplish not only greatness, but also to be a significant nation to contend with in our global community.
Dennis Walker, PhD
As we commence celebrating Thanksgiving, let’s remember to be truly thankful. In spite of our current circumstance, there are a host of things we can all be very grateful for. We are called upon to give thanks with grateful hearts. Employing a bit of thoughtfulness in the process will heighten the awareness of how blessed we are. Such awareness overflows in heartfelt praise and thanksgiving.
Looking back focuses us from whence we’ve come. It traces the hand of God at work on our behalf at different junctures of our lives. Looking back reminds us of our humble beginnings. It helps us keep life in proper perspective. You may not be “there” yet, wherever your “there” is. But looking back reveals that you’ve come a mighty long way. And for this, give thanks with a joyful heart!
Look around. Do you see how blessed you are? Count your blessings and you will realize that they far exceeded what you imagined. An attitude of continual gratitude should overflow in all of our hearts and minds as we comprehend how blessed we are. As we look around us and observe the rich gifts and blessings bestowed upon us in the form of families, and friends, we give thanks.
Finally, look up as an acknowledgment to our heavenly Father, as the giver of life and every good gift. Look up in joyful thanks and praise for all the Lord has done for you. Look up in absolute surrender to God for who he is and continually thank him.
Looking back, and around, and above us, we are forced to conclude that we’ve been blessed. Let us embrace a spirit of thanksgiving to God for his excellent goodness to us. Do not withhold your willing and joyful praise to God for his abundant kindness. Be willing and ready to articulate God’s faithfulness to you. We’ve all been given multiple reasons to be truly thankful. Go ahead, open your mouths, raise your voices and give thanks to God and whomever it is due. Be encouraged!