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Thankful Thursday – Don Kirkland

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the presence of Don Kirkland in my life. Don is the retiring editor of The South Carolina Baptist Courier. The Baptist Courier has been a staple in my home for as long as I can remember. Don succeeded another famous, influential editor, John Roberts. He joined the staff in 1974 as assistant editor.He became editor in 1996. Don has steered his ship through perilous seas in Baptist life. Not only is he a skilled journalist, commentator and editor, but he is also a valued mentor. I have sought his help and advice on many occasions. He is a supporter of the Hamrick Lectureship at First Baptist Church and of Say Something Nice Sunday. Don is a graduate of Anderson College, the University of South Carolina, and Erskine Theological Seminary. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree by Charleston Southern University. He and wife Linda are members of Earle Street Baptist Church in Greenville. This was my church home when I was a student at Furman University. His reasoned and trustworthy voice will be greatly missed. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Don Kirkland brings to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set apart to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Random Acts of Kindness – 51

There is someone who needs you as a mentor. Mentor her or him today. You will be glad that you did.

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168 Ways To Communicate Better Now – 134 -135- 136

134. Don’t criticize.

Offer help.

Find something good to compliment.

Use the event to mentor.  

135. Don’t cross arms, legs.

You look defensive.

It shuts off discussion.

Open yourself up to other possibilities.           

136. Don’t demonize others.

Stay focused on issues.

Don’t deal in personalities.

The devil gets too much credit already.

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Thankful Thursday – Ansel McGill

            Ansel and I were next door neighbors on Woodruff Street in Woodruff. He is two years older and was my hero and mentor long before I knew what mentor meant. Ansel was good at everything and naturally I wanted to follow in his footsteps. We had some great adventures together and he beat me up on a regular basis. Our families were very close and his parents felt almost like my parents. He was very active at Northside Baptist Church and has a wonderful singing voice. He introduced me to classical music when I went with him to see the movie, “The Great Caruso.” We both graduated from Furman University and he went into the military and later the ministry. We maintained contact through his mother. He eventually came back to South Carolina as pastor of Parisview Baptist Church and we re-connected. Ansel has been a forceful voice for racial harmony and a moderate voice opposing the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is devoted to his wonderful wife Susie. Today I am very thankful for the gift of Ansel McGill in my life. 

            Thankful Thursday is a day for saying thank you to those people who have influenced your life. Let him or her know how grateful you are. Write a note. Call her or him on the telephone or send an E-mail. Just be sure to do it. It is too important. Don’t put it off.

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