It is also easy to take what God has done for us for granted. It is easy to get into a pattern of approaching my relationship with God in the form of a check list as well. Read my Bible… check. Prayed… check. Went to church… check. Serve… check. My walk with Christ can become a duty and routine instead of being a joy and delight – an act of worship.
When you look at Scripture, in particular Paul’s letters, you’ll see a pattern. The first half of those letters is all about who God is, what He has done for us, and who we are in Christ if we have a relationship with Jesus. The second half is what we should do because of that reality. We have much to be thankful for! Even if we have a horrible day, even in the midst of stress, tragedy and turmoil. King David also knew that we have much to be thankful for, and he writes:
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s, (Psalm 103:1-5, ESV).
Take time to give thanks. Look for the little things that you can be thankful for. Be thankful for what Jesus has done for you, in you and through you.
I am thankful for:
My salvation, the fact that my sins have been forgiven and I am a child of God.
My wife who has sacrifically given her time to home educate our kids.
My children who have tender hearts toward God and who love Jesus.
My parents and siblings who take time to support my kids in their activities and support my work with SOY.
My ABF at Valley Church for their friendship, community, love and support.
For SOY’s prayer partners who lift up the prayer needs of our kids, volunteers and staff.
For the great volunteers that I have the priveledge to work with.
Awesome co-workers and co-laborers at SOY who are dedicated to reaching out to kids who need hope.
I’m just getting warmed up. How about you? I want to end this post with a video of the song “O Praise Him” by the David Crowder Band. I hope you enjoy and take time to praise Him today and be thankful for all that He has done.
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