Thanksgiving

(Originally written November 2002)

This is one of my favorite months of the year. First of all, it is a time of Thanksgiving for all that God has done in our lives over the year. We can be thankful for family, friends, opportunities, health, the gift of eternal life, and His daily provision for our needs. November is a time of shorter days, football games, reading on a quiet evening, and even the beginning of basketball. These activities are a break for me to enjoy the rest and relaxation with family and friends away from work, travel, and conferences.

For many years in the distribution business, our fiscal year ended October 31st, so we calculated our inventory to find out if we had made a profit and how much. I would then begin to pray about where and what to give to God’s work. As with some of you, the last two or three years have shown negative numbers for me, so I have had to give out of my reserves. Either way, I was grateful to God for His meeting of all of my needs, even in tough times.

I appreciate the opportunity I had to work with you during this past year. It is my privilege to lead a movement of volunteers impacting various parts of the marketplace across our nation and around our world. I am reminded of the time Jesus was preaching to a packed house. Four men wanted to have Jesus touch and heal their friend. They could not get in through the door, so they cut a hole in the roof and lowered their friend down to Jesus. Have you ever wondered who paid for the roof? Did the homeowner

pay for it? Did they take up a collection? Did the healed man get a job and pay for part of it? No. I think that the four friends paid to fix the roof. When we reach out to others, it will probably cost us something, but it will be well worth the price. Because we have so much to be thankful for, we can share those blessings by helping those that God has placed in our pathway.

Just as the leaders in the biblical story, will you grab a handle of the pallet and lead a small group of other leaders in your city? Will you travel to one country overseas and meet with business leaders? Will you reach out to the hurting co-workers right in your own firm or marketplace? Thanks for all that you do in your firm, your community, and His Kingdom. It is a privilege to serve you.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Kent Humphreys

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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