Thankful

“You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.” Psalm 86:5
Read this verse over and over. What is the Holy Spirit whispering to you?

The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is tomorrow whether I am ready or not. Its not that I’m not thankful it is because I am usually done with harvest by now. I did finally finish beans yesterday. Thanks to my Son-n-law and his friends I am also closer on corn because they combined corn for three days. Now, like I feared, they broke down bad enough to be done with that combine for this season. I feel bad because they experienced my kind of break down combining my corn.

I am thankful for God. I am thankful for who He is and His love and forgiveness to me. I am thankful for family and friends. My family and friends have held me up through the good and the bad. I am thankful for everything because God has blessed me with more than I need. Even in my struggle God has been there the whole time.

I pray for those who will be experiencing Thanksgiving for the first time without a loved one. I know that there will be a hole in that celebration. I am thankful for the memories that those loved ones leave behind. I ask is it better to have never known them or to know them well and loose them? The pain of their loss will last for a short time but the memories that they leave will be with us for a life time. I am thankful that God allowed them to grace my memories.

After my wife’s bout with cancer and my Dad’s stroke I realize that we can’t take for granted life. Live as if tomorrow will be the last. Don’t leave anything unsaid. My friend died serving the Lord and I pray that people will be able to say the same about me.

I am thankful for love. God didn’t leave us in our sin. He could have. Maybe even should have left us to our demise but instead He loved us to His own death through His Son Jesus Christ. I know that I’m not worthy of such love, but God sees worth in me. He sees worth in you too. How can we thank God who saved us from eternal damnation? We can thank God by living out His will. Stop living for self and start living for God.

Living God’s will is more a frame of mind or state of being than a job. It should be who we are. If we empty ourselves and allow God to fill us up with Him, then we will naturally shine God’s light everywhere we go. Everything we do we do the best we can do with Joy and thanksgiving. That is who I want to be, yet I am constantly stuck thinking about me. I too often fall into despair as I love throwing pity parties. In stead of being thankful for what I have I wonder why I don’t have more. Instead of being thankful for what God has done for me I wonder why He hasn’t treated me better. I ask why is He doing this to me instead of being thankful that He is helping me get through it.

This holiday season I hope that we all can find thankfulness. I pray that we can all let go of our desires and know and do God’s desires. I pray for joy and peace as we get to know God personally. Happy Thanksgiving!

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