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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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A season for Thanksgiving

Give thanks with a grateful heart for salvation in Christ Jesus

 

The  year 2011 is almost over and now we have arrived at Thanksgiving Day.  The day that everyone seems to slow down and reflect upon the true meaning of the day.  Like most folks I am very thankful for many things.  The most important thing that I am thankful for the grace of God through Jesus Christ.   

In the New Testament of the Bible John 3:16 says “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

I am thankful that I do not have to be good enough for God to love me.  I am thankful that Gods’ love for me is so powerful that He went out of His way to provide all of us with a path for forgiveness that only He can provide.  The path to forgiveness of sins is called Grace.  At Grace Fellowship Church in Goose Creek Grace is defined as “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.”   We will never fully understand the depth and breadth of God’s love on this side of eternity. 

I will never forget the day that I met Christ on a personal level.  The day that Christ revealed His immense love for me, and His desire to forgive me of my sins, and give me a new purpose and meaning to live life for.  I am thankful that God surrounded me with loving friends, that understood the importance of God’s Grace and that they led me to the cross.  

It is at the cross that I first saw the light of Gods love in my life. 

At the cross

I will never forget the intense feeling of love and acceptance that I felt as I knelt in the woods and asked God to forgive me of my sins, and to enter into my heart.  It was as if the burdens of the world were lifted off my shoulders and I had a brand new lease on life.  I was at the crossroads of a new beginning.  I remember running home with tears of joy in my eyes as I realized that God is real and that he did love me. 

I remember facing my parents on that day and telling them that I had been saved.  Their question to me was “saved from what drowning”?   My parents were unable to understand the transformation that had happened in my heart at the age of 17 because they were not able to recognize the light of God’s love yet.  

I am thankful that God set me free from the burden of sin in my life but he also put my feet on a new path.  I am thankful that God gave me a new found adventure of pursuing Him, and learning how to become a child of the kingdom of God.  I am thankful that God filled me with the power of his Holy Spirit that would enable me to live a life of obedience to His word.  

I am thankful that I have a loving God that forgives me of my sin when I do screw up and that I can start every day anew.   I am thankful that the love of God is just as abundant today as it was 2000 years ago and that if you open your mind and heart to it that you too can receive that amazing Grace.  

Amazing Grace
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Living a dream

Is this a dream or is it a nightmare?  I woke up this morning and the last thing I remember from my dream was looking at a computer screen looking for a picture of a blue mushroom.  At this point that is all I remember about the dream so I guess that is ok.  I seem to have a lot of dreams about cities and lots of water.  I wonder if our living close to the Atlantic ocean has anything to do with that? 

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Compared to a lot of folks in this world I am living a dream.  I am married to a wonderful woman who has given me some of the best years of my life.  I am amazed that she has not changed the locks or moved away and not given me her forwarding address.  I am not sure I would have put up with me for all of these 21 years and because of that I am extra thankful for my “Gizmo” who has endured my personality and shortcomings. 

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I have been blessed to have a career in the I.T. industry for the last 21 years and that I can always seem to find a job that pays fairly decent.  We have always had a roof over our heads and food to put on the table.  We have two vehicles to drive and two wonderful teenagers living at home with us.  I could write a book about what it is like to live in the same house with two teenagers.  Seeing as that is out of the scope of this blog post I will say that while they can drive me out of my mind at times over all they are very good children. 

I am thankful for my friends that I have met through social media online and through the local “meetups” and “tweetups”.  I am not a social butterfly and I tend to steer away from events that thrust me into the midst of any size crowd with lots of other humans.  Twitter, FaceBook and local events have enabled me to move away from my security bubble and to expand my horizons. If it were not for some of the people I have met online I would probably be a recluse.  My heart felt thanks goes out to those of you who know who you are but will remain nameless in this blog post.

I am thankful that in the last 5 months I have seen some progress in my being the biggest loser in my family.  I have lost close to 45 lbs and have lost 3 inches in my waist line.  My pants are already getting too big for me even though I just had them taken in 2 inches.  This is very exciting for me because I have spent the last 10 years being so depressed about how bad my self image was and how it was affecting my ability to go out in public and be around other people.

This is November 2010 and Thanksgiving Holidays are just around the corner which means I will possibly celebrate another birthday on the 27th.  That means that I will be 49 years young and the BIG 50 is right around the corner.  I think that means that I am getting to the top of the proverbial hill and that next year I will begin the decent into my second childhood.  I hope and pray that the decent into my second childhood will be delayed for quite a few years to come and that I can experience good mental and physical health while I am doing it.  With all of that said, we all have a lot to be thankful for and I am hopeful that each of us will take the time to step back and reflect on the many blessings that we do have all around us.  

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