Often times some issue that reflects upon us as the Church but also transcends into society as a whole. An issue where we may sometimes struggle and need to consider our focus and outlook and manner of conduct.
I don’t have any big lead-in or sports analogy this time around.
Thankfulness is a simple enough subject and concept.
Yet, if we’re honest, we would probably just about all admit we aren’t as thankful as we should be. That we take things for granted. That we get caught up in the worries and busyness of life and think much more about the things we need or want to do or to have, and urgently so, and don’t think much on those things that we already have or have been done.
Of course, it is cliché to bring up such thoughts during this season. Of course, we’re supposed to step back from the hustle and bustle and travails of life and take a moment to be thankful. Of course, we should have an attitude and outlook of being more thankful in our spirits throughout the whole year, not just during this one week when the calendar tells us to do so.
But often times we don’t. We rely on this one week to give a breather of grateful reflection to our souls. So let’s not let this opportunity pass. We can always try to reconfigure ourselves moving forward. To try to be more intentional in being thankful and grateful in our hearts and minds and demeanors. Taking the moment now to be thankful can only help our endeavors.
I am thankful for my family. I am thankful that God has provided for the needs of myself and my wife and children. I am thankful for a church where the Gospel and Word of God are preached and many in need of help are reached out to. I am thankful to live in a country, despite its problems, where I am free to live and worship and make decisions for myself that fall within reasonable means. I am thankful for this odd and unique community here at the Phoenix Preacher blog. And I am thankful that despite going through some dismal seasons, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for my Phillies and my other pro teams. 🙂
Above all, I am thankful for a Savior.
That no matter how good or how hard life may be or become, I know that I am His. And by no incapable effort of my own and only by His grace, the promise to be His child will be for an eternity. For this, I can never be grateful enough.