On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for Emory Bull Hiott. Emory, known as Sally by her Columbia, SC area friends, is the vivacious, enthusiastic, dedicated Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Charleston. She graduated from Clemson University and had staked out a career in business. She was attracted to FBC during the “40 Days at FBC program,” several years ago. As a result of the Hamrick Lectures bringing Tony Campolo to speak, she volunteered to spend a year in New Orleans to help with Katrina relief. That mission changed her life and her career. In addition to all of her work at the church she is a reader for the children enrolled in the Metanoia program in North Charleston. Emory married Trey soon after her return from the Big Easy. Trey is a big time fisherman. Prior to the big wedding, Emory hung out with a bunch of us older folks at lunch after church on Sundays which is unusual for such a delightful younger person, but it gave us an opportunity to get to know her. Emory is a radiant, compassionate, gifted Christian who fills one with confidence about the future. She is constantly striving for better ways to reach and teach young children. She has developed a very successful Vacation Bible School involving children from all over the area. She serves on the Say Something Nice Sunday Committee while continuing to pursue her Master’s degree. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful that Emory Hiott is a part of my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives. Let her or him know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice: Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.