I am a person that tends to live more in the present than the past or the future. Naturally, I can only see out a few days at a time (ministry tasks and events force me to expand on that, and I can respond to those needs, but that is work). So it challenges me to get out themed messages that match the season or holiday we may be celebrating. However, this blog helps me improve my ability to say something that is very timely and Thanksgiving is a perfect time to do just that.
I have so much for which to give thanks. I have much more than I deserve. I trust you could make a list, even a long list, as I could. There would be many temporal "things" that you and I can list that make our lives easier, comfortable and more fun. I really am grateful for those, but it is the eternal things that make the greatest difference in our lives. The gift of a personal relationship with God made possible through the life and death of Jesus Christ would be first on my list. That one gift has changed everything in my life and even our world (if you don't know Him, or if you don't know if you know Him, click here to learn how you can). True peace, a significant purpose, an eternal perspective, lasting pleasure, divine protection, and abundant provision are all part of knowing the person Jesus Christ. God is eternal for which I give thanks.
I like the way Eugene Peterson translates Paul's words to Timothy, Paul's student and friend, regarding scripture,Â
There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or anotherâ€”showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
I am grateful that God gave us his words to instruct us about our God, our world and even ourselves.Â
The last eternal thing I know, of which I am so grateful is for the people that walk with me in this journey on the narrow road. Jesus' friend, Matthew, in the seventh chapter of his book records Jesus teaching us that the way He would have us go will not be the most popular, easy, or comfortable,Â
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.Â 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
and I am so grateful God has surrounded me by a wife, children, and friends that stimulate, encourage, support, instruct, and accompany me on this journey as we make our way through this life to our eternal home with our God in heaven.
May God bless you this Thanksgiving.