It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 3-4

What a week to get back to and from the blessing of family, travel, turkey, football scores more like basketball, and basketball promising the March madness months away! Can we ever get enough of the love of the life that we have and the life we are told to seek?

I can’t think of a better way than to search the Word for perspective about what He says about being honest about family and friendship. These relationships are what enable us to identify problems and come together for solutions. If we are surrounded by people who only ratify our viewpoint we are never challenged to grow in faith towards God’s blessing of diversity for finding Him daily. Are we prisoners of our past or do we truly seek to deliver the message to all the nations which in this country and county are just outside our neighborhood? Isn’t that our common goal? So shouldn’t we be honest with courtesy in conversation in contrast with divisions based on social styles rather than the accidents of origin.

So let’s start by being honest. Being with family has its own challenges that not having family can sometimes explain. As for the turkey, perhaps some had a steak or a Cornish hen, or a turkey who got stuffed with a duck who got stuffed with a chicken and called a turducken!!! As for football games that only Aggies can celebrate taking 6 hours, 7 overtimes, and the debate about a few calls with some great catches, can we agree that perhaps that wasn’t the most exciting game of all time even if it was the highest scoring game preceded by the Monday night game with the Rams besting the Chiefs by a score of 54 – 51. Plenty of offense or no defense? The debate goes on if we are honest so why not recognize the universal truth is that He is the truth and we speak of Him without mentioning His name with a style that can flex to the benefit of the listener for the message to the many.

We honestly have so much to learn about how to enjoy our contrasts that we must commit to listening with our heart and leading with love. This is the reason for the season and we are blessed to know this common denominator of truth will enable us to be broken and yet united in becoming more complete. For it is in uniting in the Spirit that we are complete with the love of God through family and friends with or without turkey. Whatever you choose to do at the table of this God given life, don’t forget to pass the dressing and continue the thanksgiving for Christmas is coming!

Bless this week like never before and share the Truth…