No Thanks, I am stuffed!
by Sue Oberg, Director of Congregational Life

And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. —Ephesians 3:19

No thanks, I am stuffed. How many times do we hear those words at Thanksgiving?

I remember the days when we would go to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving and it was always the best! We had all the family crowded into her small house. Grandma would lengthen the dining room table to the longest it would go, but we still had to put one or two card tables up in the living room to accommodate everyone. Those were the notorious “kid tables” and I sat at them well into my late 20’s. I didn’t really mind because that is where all the fun really happened.

All the tables at Grandma’s were always set with the best china, the sterling silverware and crystal wine glasses. It always felt like we were royalty coming to dinner. Grandma was an amazing cook and had every dish you could imagine! There was so much food that we were almost busting our pants at the seams by the end of dinner.

Then Grandma would come by and say, “How about a little pie?” Oh, how we wanted to dig into that homemade lemon meringue pie, but how could we? We would say, “no thanks Grandma,” and she always looked so disappointed. But just when our pants were feeling a little less stressed she would be back with a big slice of pie already cut for us. When I think of this I know Grandma really loved us!

I wonder if we can even consider for a moment that God has done the same for us. He has set the table for us as if we are royalty, He has so much prepared for us and He keeps offering us more. But do we sometimes look at God and say, “No thanks, I am stuffed.” Too stuffed with our own stuff to let him give us something that would really bring us joy and comfort and to help us know he really loves us.

Has God been trying to give you His peace? But instead you stay stuffed with your own worry? Could He be offering you His forgiveness but you are too full of your own guilt? Could He be offering you hope but you are filled to the brim with dread? Has He been trying to fill you with His love but you are filled with self-loathing.

Maybe it’s time to unzip the pants of your heart and let Him give you more.

This Thanksgiving think about how often you say “no thanks.” No thanks to what God is offering and to what others might be offering you too.

Maybe it’s “no thanks” to the people who are trying to reach out in friendship. Are you too busy for another friend? Or maybe it’s “no thanks” to someone who has been offering to help you. Are you too proud, too full of yourself, to accept that help?

My prayer for you this Thanksgiving is that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. All He has to offer is WAY better than Grandma’s lemon pie and that is pretty remarkable!

Be STUFFED to overflowing with GOD! It will leave you immensely thankful!


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