Thanksgiving Leader

My favorite definition of a leader is this:  One who sees a need and does something about it.

My friend Candace is not your typical leader. She is quiet and somewhat timid. But she recognized a need, was sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting and did something about it.

Candace works for a large corporation. Every Thanksgiving season the company hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for the employees and their families. Even though it’s a secular institution, she felt bothered that no prayer of thanks was offered at a dinner focused on Thanksgiving.

She went to the president of the corporation and asked if she could say a prayer of thanksgiving at their Thanksgiving dinner.  What a surprise when he said, “Yes!”

So in fear and trembling, Candace was obedient to God. She later said that when she walked to the podium and took hold of the microphone, she actually felt the hand of God on her back, holding her up.

Before 250 people Candace acknowledged God and thanked Him for blessing their company. She thanked God for their employer and for the fact that they had jobs when so many are jobless. She ended her prayer in the name of Jesus.

Even though this happened several years ago,  prayer at the annual Thanksgiving banquet is now a tradition, offered up by different employees.

It isn’t easy to be obedient to God, yet Candace was.  She will never know until she is with the Lord, just how much her obedience affected others.  God honors our obedience!

  •  If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. James 4:17  He [Jesus] replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”   Luke 11:28

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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2 Responses to Thanksgiving Leader

  1. Dottie says:

    Thank you for sharing this post, Kathleen. Just reading this example was an encouragement for me. I recently felt prompted to do something but was too shy to do it and have been feeling bad about it. The next time the opportunity comes up, I want to do what God asks and I’ll keep this example in mind. Thank you!

    • Kathleen says:

      Dear Dottie,
      I appreciate your honesty. We’ve all been there! There are opportunities all around us, and often we’re either not alert, or we fail to speak up. I believe that next time it’ll be different for you.

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