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December 01, 2011

Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!

“Why take a holiday break,” asked a relative. “I feel so tired and have more work now than ever … the pile of things on my desk has multiplied and I seem more behind than before my break.”

 When I thought about that statement and considered some of the news during this season in the life of the world family it is easy to ask, “When does it ever end?” Strains from too much work, no work, family and business worries, financial restrictions, and responsibilities in general appear to be daunting and exhausting with few signs of joy or a sense of fulfillment. Tsunamis are a part of life. Disaster happens. There is always a cloud on the way to steal yoor brightest hope if you let it.

Center your mind on God. The values that flow out of joyful obedience to God will enable you to say, “It is well.”

The truth that is so simple is often covered with sheets of complex formulas. When our mind is in the right the place, the body will follow and contentment will be unshakeable.

When you think right your life will change. Think then on God and you will be better and feel better because you will have discovered that the creator of heaven and earth is constantly pouring out blessings just for you. In other words, “you are too blessed to be stressed.”

Yes blessed. Think about how good God has been to you.

God loves you more than you love yourself.

He allowed Jesus Christ to die for your sins.

God gives you air to breathe, food to eat, and more clothes than you need.

This God opens the secrets to all healing and equips you with power from on high to accomplish whatever you are to do on this earth.

God gives dreams to guide you and visions to show you the future.

When someone fed you because you could not feed yourself, that was God at work. When someone befriended you when you felt all alone, that was God. You made it home today, and if you didn’t, God has another home “not made with hands eternal in the heavens.”

Yes, you are very blessed. Start right now counting your blessings and see what God has done for you. As you count, start giving God thanks and something will come over you and whatever was bothering you won’t bother you anymore, the mountain you had to climb will become smaller, or you will grow taller or the mountain may not matter any more.

God’s word gives us the answers, but too many of us are too busy to count our blessings. We are busy being angry over past hurts, busy struggling at jobs that fit our wallet more than our calling and buying things we do not need to impress people we do not like. To get all the things of little value accomplished we become too busy to be a part of a rich and rewarding fellowship in church.

There is another dimension to blessings and that is the lessons we learn. Sometimes we need a painful lesson to untie us from something we should not be doing because we are unable to stop going down the wrong road in search of peace and joy. Counting your blessings is so wonderful because you have to pause and stop focusing on counting your problems and all that is not right in the world.

Focusing on your blessings shifts your thinking and shifts your attitude.

Stress is reduced, priorities change and energy is used in more fruitful ways.

With a new attitude you realize your priorities are in the wrong place. Much of what you are doing and worrying about isn’t worth the time of day.

Here the word of God today. Jesus said: “… do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them … strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:25-33)

In other words, align your values with God.

Stay focused on God.

Pray! Praise! Study! Get in a fellowship group! And serve!

Until next time, remember – God’s will for us is good. We must do the rest.

With love,

Your Bishop,

James R. King, Jr.

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