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Taking inventory

November 29, 2017
By Pastor Roger Lemke ( , Pine Island Eagle

When I was 11, I was hired by the owner of the Shamrock Bowling alley to sweep, mop the floors, and to wash pins.

One day, Dick said: "It's time to take inventory." That word had not yet entered into my vocabulary, so I asked: "Sir, what is an inventory?" Dick said: "An inventory is a time to make a list of things that we need from everything in the bar, the restaurant and the alley. It's so easy for us to forget, so we make a list of our needs."

That little story pretty well sums up what Thanksgiving is all about: taking inventory of our lives and what God has done for us. Not just on Thanksgiving, but every day we need to take a Spiritual inventory and to follow the song's advice: "Count your many blessings name them one by one. And It will surprise you what the Lord has done."

Thanksgiving is really about un-stuffing ourselves of our stuff so that we can give thanks for things that are not things. In Ephesians 1:15, Paul gives us an example of giving thanks for things that are not things saying: "Give thanks for faith, give thanks for love, give thanks for a spirit of wisdom, give thanks for the riches of God's glorious inheritance and the immeasurable greatness of God's power." None of these blessings can be seen, touched, purchased or possessed.

Therefore let us learn that true thanksgiving is not shouting: "Look at the size of that turkey!" But shouting: "Thanks be to God for who He was, for who He is and what He shall be!" "Thanks be to God who gives us the victory in our Lord Jesus Christ." "Thanks be to God for this marvelous world where the sea thunders and the fields exalt, and woodland trees cry out for joy at the presence of God" (1 Chron. 16:31-36).

Every day, take an inventory counting your blessings, naming them one by one and then, rejoice, give thanks glorify and shout out: "Thanks be to God!"

Roger Lemke is pastor of Fishers of Men Lutheran Church. The church is at 10360 Stringfellow Road. Call 239-283-1170 for service times and/or additional information about programs offered.



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