Over two weeks ago, I was at the mall with my family when we rounded a corner to see Santa and his workshop already set up. Christmas music was already playing along with all the commercialism that comes with buying gifts today. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE CHRISTMAS, but it seems like everyone is forgetting about the very important holiday of Thanksgiving. So, today please don’t forget about all the blessings you have and people you are thankful for. Don’t get wrapped up in shopping the next few days on Black Friday or Cyber Monday without first being thankful.
7 Things I’m Thankful For
1. I’m thankful for Jesus
I know this should be a given, but Jesus deserves our thanks every day. We need to be extra thankful during the day we celebrate the harvest and everything else he has provided. Psalm 95 gives us a proper understanding on how we should thank God. He is our provider and sustainer of the world.
“Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” (Psalm 95:1–5, ESV emphasis added)
2. I’m thankful for my family
Seriously, I love my family, but it is easy with small kids to forget to stop and thank God for the blessing of our children. Every day they do amazing things. They constantly are learning and growing, and it is fun to teach them life skills and also about Jesus. I have an amazing wife, Kristen. She works so hard raising our children, making our house a home, and showing her love to me. Also, I’m grateful for my grandparents, parents, in-laws, brothers and sisters, and the rest of the family. It is hard to imagine life without them, and today I am very thankful for my family.
You need to remember, for many this could be a lonely day if you live away from your family, or do not have relatives you are close with. Many people are dealing with the first holiday without a loved one.
3. I’m thankful for the church
God has given us an amazing community of believers in Jesus called the Church. I am thankful for the Church because it points us towards Jesus, gives us strong relationships, teaches us about the Gospel, and equips us to be sent out to be the light of the world. I love the church.
4. I’m thankful for the persecuted church around the world
Over the summer, I was privileged to attend the Voice of the Martyrs Conference here in the Quad Cities. It opened my eyes to the severe persecution that takes place all around the world. I am thankful for these men and woman who hold fast to the Gospel of Jesus and are tortured, or killed, for their belief in Jesus. Tertullian said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church” (Reference). I am thankful because of their sacrifice, Jesus’ message is being shared around the globe no matter what the cost, and the Holy Spirit is transforming lives!
5. I’m thankful for opportunity
I have been blessed to have many opportunities in life. I am thankful for my Christian upbringing, education, and the ability to preach the Gospel openly.
6. I’m thankful for friendship
Friendship is something that everyone needs. I have many great friends who lift me up and sharpen me. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” I have experienced this first hand. Also, my friends make me wiser like Proverbs 13:20 says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Make sure to say thanks to your friends because the make a huge difference on our lives that’s easy to overlook.
7. I’m thankful for grace
God’s grace and the grace of others is what get’s me through. I mess up a lot, let people down, or hurt those I love. Because of the grace the people in my life give me, we can move on and grow stronger. Most of all, the grace of Jesus gives us favor before God when we are undeserving. I am most of all thankful today of Jesus’ grace.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8–10, ESV)
I hope you have a great day and lifetime of being thankful. I am thankful for all the readers of the blog, and I would love to hear what you are thankful for in the comments.
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