CANTON — The Rotary Club of Canton held its annual Prayer Breakfast Tuesday morning at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Bluffs Conference Center.
Attendees gathered for prayers, Bible readings, Christian worship music and a message from Rev. Dwight "Ike" Reighard, the guest speaker.
Reighard, CEO of MUST Ministries and the lead pastor of Piedmont Church in east Cobb, recalled that the first time he prayed was Christmas Eve when he was 12. After opening presents, he had been furious at his family for not getting him his dream bicycle — only to discover that they surprised him later with the bike.
"I don't ever want to feel like this again," he prayed, hot tears streaming down his face. "God, please help me to be a giver and not a taker.”
Reighard called guests to have what he called an “abundance mentality.”
“The scarcity mentality says, you know, the world is like this pizza, I can only slice it in so many ways,” he said. “Do you know what the abundance mentality person says? No, life's not a pizza. Life is a candle. And it doesn't matter when my candle's lit, how many other candles I get to light, it doesn't diminish my light at all. All it does is make the world a brighter place.”
“Don't be so focused on what you don't have, that you can't enjoy what you do have, and find ways during this holiday season to begin to build an abundance mentality. What better season do we have to find some people that we can bless, light a few candles, and watch and see if it doesn't make this the best Christmas of your life.”