Tis the Season

November 1, 2021

Nearly 100 years ago, a newspaper reporter cynically came up to the British poet Rudyard Kipling and said, “Mr. Kipling, I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to over one hundred dollars a word.” Mr. Kipling raised his eyebrows and said, “Really, I certainly wasn’t aware of that!” 

The reporter reached into his pocket and pulled out a one-hundred-dollar bill and gave it to Mr. Kipling and said, “Here’s a one-hundred-dollar bill. Now give me one of your one-hundred-dollar words.” Rudyard Kipling looked at that piece of currency for a moment, then he folded it up and put it in His pocket and said, “Thanks!”

Thanks is a $100 word and needs to be “spent” more often. As we approach the Thanksgiving season, let’s remember that it won’t cost us $100 to say it to someone, but it may be worth it to them. I Thess. 5:18 tells us, “In everything give thanks….”

Take time to be thankful. Thankful for all the Lord has done in your life and for those around you that have supported you in your life and ministry. I am deeply grateful for each person that has made a spiritual deposit in my life. I’ll never forget the Sunday night I was attending an Assemblies of God church, for the first time, because I wanted to date a girl (Cyndi) that went there, and her mother said I couldn’t date her if I didn’t attend the church. During the altar call, she walked from the front to the back pew at the close of the service and said, “Kenny Draughon, you’re getting saved tonight!” I replied, “Yes, ma’am!” That night began my spiritual journey. Thank you, Betty Ready (later to be my mother-in-law), for carrying enough to reach out to a teenager.

Have you ever thanked God for the person who planted the seeds of the gospel into your life? Have you thanked Him for the prayer intercessors He raised on your behalf? Have you ever thanked God for those who feed the Word of God to you and to those who are putting God’s Word out in the world? When was the last time you thanked God for your spouse? When was the last time you thanked God for His provision? It’s a great day to be thankful.

I am thankful for my heavenly Father sending His “only begotten Son” to become my Savior at Calvary. We pass through two amazing and blessed seasons before we conclude this year. I love Christmas! Remember, it’s not about the gifts; it’s about THE GIFT.

We are asking for you and your family to be abundantly blessed during this Holiday Season! We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas.

Ken & Cyndi Draughon