What I am thankful for – Part 1
As the the thanksgiving holiday is drawing near and the year is beginning to come to a close, I have begun to TRULY think about what I am thankful for. I could list for you the stereotypical things that one might say, but that would be a waste. Why, you ask? I think that we, as Christians, have lost the value of what it means to be TRULY thankful. When asked the question, we simply list out things that are completely centered around “ME.”
“I am thankful for my…” (You know what I’m talking about)
This thanksgiving, I want to go back to being TRULY thankful. How does that start? That starts with us being thankful for the things that are universal (and no, I am not referring to health care). What are the universal things that we can be thankful for? Life, Salvation, Grace, The Bible etc. Let’s take the Bible…
I was excited when I read Kaleb’s post on Wednesday (you can read it here). Kaleb talked about the power of God’s word. He talked about how important it is and how we cannot take it lightly. It was then that I began to think about how thankful I am for God’s word.
The time we are living in now, is the easiest in history to be a Christian. We have God’s word on our fingertips – we can carry it with us, it’s on our iPod, and some of us even have it on our Cell Phone! We can be enriched by those who tweet on twitter or write blogs or even upload weekly podcasts.
But imagine some of the greatest stories and people in the Bible. Men like Abraham and David had insurmountable faith – faith that could literally move mountains! What stories did they have to rely on to boost their faith? What Godly men could they look toward? They didn’t have any – they were setting things up for us. We are now able to look to them.
This is why I am so thankful for God’s word. We take it for granted while some our still persecuted for even touching or looking at it. I am thankful for the Bible – it is an age old text that is forever relevant. It is available to all of us, everyday. It is a road map for life. It is a love letter. It is a diary. It is an eye opener. This list could go on…
So this thanksgiving, take a look at the things that you are thankful for…then look at the things that you should TRULY be thankful. God’s word should certainly be one of them.