With Thanksgiving tomorrow and Christmas right around the corner, I am always drawn to gratitude this time of year. December 11, 2006 is when I gave my heart to Jesus and my life has never been the same. It can be hard to keep an attitude of gratitude all year-long but really, if you are born again how bad can today really be? How can you not be thankful? Can what happened yesterday, what just happened, or what might happen tomorrow be that bad? After all you are going to get to spend eternity in heaven with God!! Everyday should be filled with gratitude for salvation. Moving on. I am so thankful for my amazing wife who has supported me thru good and bad. She is my best friend, my biggest fan, and my most valuable critic. I am thankful for an amazing relationship with my daughter Taylor who is such a young lady of God. I pray that God will use her to impact His kingdom in ways I cannot dream. I am thankful for my amazing parents and all of the support and love they have shown me over the years. I am grateful for the godly men in my life who mentor me, coach me, lead me, encourage me, push me, motivate me, speak hope into me, and hold me accountable. I am thankful for such great friends who have stood by me and have had my back when others did not. You guys are the best! I am thankful for my church Faith Promise, my Pastor Chris Stephens, the staff and their passion and pursuit of the lost and hurting, and specifically the ministry of Celebrate Recovery. We experience living grace every Monday night!
Let me ask you this?
- What are you thankful to God for? Offer prayers of gratitude to our Creator. Philippians 4:6, tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Psalm 107:15 shares with us to “give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and wonderful deeds for men.”
- What individuals has God placed in your life that you are thankful for? Colossians says “Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other.”
- What can you put on a gratitude list? Come on….we all should have a gratitude list!
If we do not take time to continue on with a grateful heart, the things that we were once grateful for become things that we become entitled to. God did not send His Son just so we could exist or just keep on expecting. Instead of looking ahead and giving God a wish list, give thanks for what you have in your life right now. Today is the day I will be grateful! Today is the day I will recover!