Give thanks and love one another

Published 5:21pm Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankfulness ought to be an emblem we should wear out of habit. Actually, there is abundance of benefits that accrue from having an attitude of gratefulness. I thank God for His leadership, maintenance, divine protection and the people He put in my life. I thank God for Selma, a city He chose for my family and me all these years and now.

Pardon me if you disagree with me on this; but I still see Selma as a city with a widely opened golden door but with few adversaries.

One may wonder why I’m thankful for my adversaries, but the truth of matter is that growth oriented people use adversaries to maximize their potentiality. Many times people’s imperfections and my adversaries have forced me to praise, worship and pray to God at an elevated level and in each case, elevated goodness and mercy have I collected. In a way, I thank my adversaries too.

The more we appreciate our blessings and stand our ground against meaningless oppositions and accusations that the enemy brings our way, and efficiently use our adversaries, the more effective we become.

When we thank God for Selma and do not grumble bitterly, we open our selves up for obtaining all that God has for Selma. Remember, the God of other cities is the God of Selma too. I thank people who have wished me well now and in the future but the truth is that our future roles and calling are in the Almighty’s hand whom we’ll strive to abide in His love always.

Our gratitude is, also, actualized by loving one another; not withholding any good thing from those that we have been empowered to help.

Voicing out thank you is great, but without love that may be insufficient to a God that commands that we love each other just like He loves us. We’ll love one another, and we’ll remain grateful, for such combination is more honorable.

While we must immerse ourselves in the strength of thankfulness, we must ensure that our Thanksgiving meal is safe as well as delicious. On the Thanksgiving Day, we advise that your stuffed or unstuffed raw bird is placed in a preheated oven set to 325 degrees or higher. Cook your turkey to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees or higher in order to avoid food borne illness this period. After dinner, it is pertinent that you chill your leftovers quickly to 40 degrees or below. Chilling food quickly after meal decreases the chances of food borne illnesses. Bacteria spread fastest at temperatures between 40 degrees and 140 degrees.

Ensure that you use refrigerated leftovers within three to four days, or freeze them. Reheat leftovers to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees. Treat raw meat as a potential carrier of sickness causing organisms. Keep raw meat and poultry apart from foods that won’t be cooked before consumption. Wash hands regularly and before touching food or food apparatus.

Have a joyous and blessed Thanksgiving.

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