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Let’s be thankful

I turned 53 years old today.  🙂  In the grand scheme of things, I am glad that I am still alive and able to type this blog post.  🙂

Today is Thanks Giving day and I am also celebrating my birthday.  I went for a walk with my our dog Willow, and took that opportunity to be prayerfully thankful.  I want to list some of the things I am thankful for below.

  • Being alive
  • The Grace of God that provides salvation to all mankind
  • my acceptance of Grace many years ago
  • how God, through his mercy has picked me up, dusted me off and given my life new purpose and meaning
  • being relatively healthy
  • my loving wife Katy
  • my children, Justin, Kristina, Jeremy and Jessica
  • living in America and being free
  • my job
  • our church family  Coastal Community Church and Grace Fellowship Church
  • our Lab Willow who was a rescue dog
  • all of my extended family

I suppose that the older I get the more opportunities that I get to reflect on my life.  Where am I going and where have I come from?  Do I measure up?  Do I believe that I am as successful as I could be?  Am I satisfied with what I see in the mirror?  How many regrets do I have?

I figure that I am not alone with some of the questions above.  As I prayed today I asked God to give me the ability not to compare myself with other people.  It would be easy to compare myself with others that are much more successful than I am and feel like a failure.  On the flip side of that I could also find folks to compare myself with that would make me feel like a great success.  The Bible teaches us not to compare ourselves with one another.  We are not supposed to look at someone else and be envious of who they are or what they own or do not own.  The only thing I am supposed to compare myself with is the light of God’s word.  That is the only measuring stick that I should compare myself with.  When I look at myself in the reflection of the word of God how do I measure up?

When I look into the mirror of God’s word I realize that there are some things that are still broken.  I also can look back into the past and see the emotional and mental wreckage that is there.  I can see where God has repaired a lot of the damage that was there and has given me a new purpose for living.  He has dusted me off and set me down and given me a new heading, a new course.  When I think about it, I could run myself crazy worrying about what could have been.  If I had done this or that then maybe I would be in a better place or be more successful.  Instead of doing that I chose to reflect upon those things that God has enabled me to do.  When I reflect on what God has done in my life and those things that he has allowed me to walk through then I realize why I am who I am today.

As the title to this blog post reveals, I want us to take the time to “be thankful”.  Instead of looking at our broken lives, or the broken world we live in, I would encourage us to be thankful for those good and positive things that we should be thankful for.  Let’s be thankful that we are alive, and that there is HOPE for the future.  Be thankful that as we observe the landscape of our communities around us, that we can be an active participant in bringing about positive change in those communities.  We can see what is broken and be that person who does the decent thing and pays if forward.  God has bestowed upon us Grace and Mercy while we were not deserving of it.  Let us show our thankfulness by bestowing that Grace and Mercy on those people who live around us.

The holiday season is upon us and there are people all around us that are broken and hurting for many different reasons.  For some people the holiday season only reminds people of those loved ones they have lost or maybe they are in the midst of their own personal or family crisis.  Lets be mindful of that and reach out to those people and do what we can.  We do not need to have magical answers.  We just need to be there in whatever way we can, and let those people know that they matter and that they are not alone.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

 

 

 

 

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