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|Martha Jane Anderson: Birthdays, achievers and God's plan|
The push for power has come to shove and most of us are either pushing or feel we are being pushed. According to Max Lucado, the difference between a passion for excellence and a passion for power is that the desire for excellence in our lives is a gift from God.
Excellence is a respect for quality and a need to use God's gifts in a way that pleases Him. There is a tremendous difference between doing our best to glorify God and doing whatever we wish for our own self interest. As we begin the Thanksgiving season with family and friends, let's all do our best to bring peace in all that we say and do during this special week,
the beginning of the Christmas season. Jesus' family was less than perfect and remember that sometimes they did not appreciate Him. Jesus did not try to control his family's behavior, nor did he sulk when the family insulted Him. He did not make it his mission to try to please all the family. However, he is our shepherd and he knows us by name. Thanks be to God!
In Christ, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing. Ephesians 2:10.
Let's try to make it our plan to thank family and friends who have made a difference in our lives during the past year. If we just thank one person daily between Thanksgiving day and Christmas day — that is from Nov. 25 to Dec. 25 — our gratitude would touch the lives of 30 people positively. We can do it; let's do it and make a purposeful difference for others.
When Lisa Ling was at ULM for the Presidential Lyceum series, she shared that for years she was not a believer and then she met the man we call Jesus. God wants us to be like Jesus, bringing peace wherever we are.
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Martha Jane Anderson retired from University of Louisiana-Monroe after 35 years of service as Assistant Dean of Students and SGA Advisor. She is married to Patrick H. Anderson Sr., has two children, and four grandchildren.