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February 24, 2016, 12:00 PM

February 24, 2016

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”  1 Timothy 6:6

                Do you ever take the people around you for granted?  We are all guilty of that from time to time.  We easily get caught up in the circumstances of life and tend to forget those around us.  In our culture, we become so busy in our own little world that we often overlook the people who provide so much.   That can happen at home and in the workplace.  We have heard it said many times that we never appreciate something (someone) until it is gone.  Does that ever happen to you?  We would all have to answer yes to that!  It is much like our health.  We all seem to take our health for granted until something happens.  Then, we wish we had spent more time with things that matter the most.

                There are so many people in our culture who are totally miserable.  They are trying to find happiness in all the wrong things.  Let us all take a good look at our lives.  Do we appreciate the things that we already have or are we striving to attain something else to really make us happy.  After all (I hear it all the time), God wants me to be happy … right?  You see, God has given us so much to make us happy.  We have family and friends that He has placed around us.  Most of us have more than enough food, clothes and shelter.  Yet, we constantly struggle to attain just one more thing to make us happy.  The problem comes when that one thing turns into multiple things which really never bring the joy desired.  You see, the goal is not how much you can acquire so that you will be happy.  The real goal is to be content with what God has given and use it for His glory.  Let us start today being thankful for the people God has placed in our lives. 

                I would like to take a little space this week to say thank-you.  Jan, our church secretary, is retiring this week after 22 years of hard work at Plant City.  We have all grown to love and appreciate her so much.  She just knows our people and generally has the answer to any question we can throw at her.  It has been my pleasure to work with Jan the past 5 ½ years.  I know that I have made her want to scream on more than a few occasions.  The good thing for me is that Jan struggles to talk above a whisper!  So, Jan, we wish you all of the best in your retirement.  May God’s blessings abound in your life as you enter this new phase and please come back to visit us often as we will miss you so much!

We love you all,
Brad and Virginia

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