Crossroads United Methodist Church

Service Info


Reverend Jan Justice

Sunday Service
Fellowship at 9:45 am
Service and Childrens Sunday School
at 10:00 am

Welcome to Crossroads!

Thought for the week:

Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above.  James 1:17
Living in the most individualistic and self-serving culture in history has pushed gratitude into the background of most modern life.  Yet, no one disagrees that we should be grateful.  Blessings, tenderness, forgiveness and compassionate relationships exist in our world yet they compete with the noise of video games, computers, greed and continual pressure to perform.  We know we are off balance, yet we struggle and don’t know how to realign ourselves.  Yet, when we choose to focus on the blessings and spiritual aspects of our life, our hearts will soften, our relationships will improve and we will begin to see ourselves and others as one in a universe created by a loving and merciful God who showers us with gifts daily.  Gratitude is an inherent quality that resides within each of us.  Gratitude is the acknowledgement that we receive positive things in our lives that we did not actively work for or ask for. The Latin root of the word gratitude is gratia, which means a given gift and is the same root from which we get the word grace, which means a gift freely given that is unearned.  Since gratitude is more than a feeling, it is a choice that we can make.  We can choose to be grateful or ungrateful for our gifts, mercies and blessings in life.  Gratitude is a disposition of the heart.  Both the Old and New Testament cite gratitude as a central virtue.  If we work on developing gratitude in our life, we also develop other virtues such as love, compassion, joy, generosity and trust. Yet there are barriers to becoming a person of gratitude.   Our busy lives themselves provide many distractions and barriers.  Envy, greed, pride and narcissism are the chief assailants to gratitude.  Envy and jealousy lead us to compare ourselves with others and desire what they have.  They make us dissatisfied with our lives and consumerism has made us have a perception of something lacking in our lives.   Pride leads us to the state of narcissism which is a sense of entitlement.  These four barriers are incubators of ingratitude.  Yet, we all have within us the ability to shift our awareness from dwelling on what we lack to gratitude for what we have.  When we can approach life from the perspective of our gifts, without denying our problems, we can cultivate more thankfulness in our lives and remember how blessed we really are.   What would happen if we celebrated Thanksgiving not only this Thursday but every day of our lives?  Peace and joy to you!  Pastor Jan


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