1 Thessalonians 5:18 commands Christians to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Think about it. As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, we may not know God’s will regarding any number of issues going on in our lives, but we know for sure that God’s will is for us to give thanks. Give thanks if life is good. Give thanks if life is hard. Give thanks.
I decided to share a list of things that I am thankful for this week.
I am thankful for the Lord Jesus and salvation by grace through faith in Him. He is my redeemer, my strength, my joy, and my hope.
I am thankful for the Word of God. I never get tired of reading the Bible and studying the Bible.
I am thankful for my family. I was blessed with parents (and grandparents) who taught to me to love Christ and live for Him. 22 years ago (almost) the Lord blessed me with a beautiful wife to share life with. Our two sons continue to bring Becky and I great joy.
I am thankful for my church family. The people of Lakeside Baptist Church are a great blessing to me. They are loving, faithful followers of Christ.
I am thankful for friends. Some friends came into my life and God used for a season. Others became “friends for life” that I remain in touch with. Some friends are new friends.
I am thankful for health and strength to serve Christ. God has been gracious to allow me both spiritual and physical strength.
I am thankful for our country. For all of our problems, America is still the greatest country in the world. I am proud to be an American, and I am thankful to be a citizen of this great country.
I am thankful for financial and material blessings. Are we wealthy? Not compared to many in our area, but we are compared to most of the people in the world.
Perhaps you read my list and think “well, no surprises there.” That’s true. However, I have made my list and made it public. The fact that my list surprises no one isn’t the point. The point is to be thankful in obedience to scripture and for our spiritual good. I am thankful. To God be the glory!