Yes, it is time for the obligatory blog about all the things I’m thankful for. I know this can be cheesy and a bit cliche’-ish, but I think it is important to acknowledge the blessings of God in our life.
Contentment as Paul describes it in 1 Timothy 6, is directly related to godliness. I cannot have godliness without a relationship with Christ. Therefore my contentment is dependent upon a relationship with Christ first and godliness second. This godliness, according to Paul, is gain, because it is accompanied by contentment.
I am content and thankful most of all for the fact that in October 1974, God reached down and touched the heart of this 6th grade boy and saved me from my sin. 33 years later I am still growing and struggling through this faith journey. I am thankful for my Savior, because I know how pitiful and unworthy I still am. Yet Jesus still gives me grace every day, works in me, guides me, gives me wisdom, continues to chip away at the things in my life that don’t look like Him, and for some inexplicable reason chooses to use me to accomplish His Kingdom work. Amazing!
We are doing a thing this year with our family that is called a “tree of thanks” for Thanksgiving week. We drew and cut out of a cardboard box, a tree without leaves on it and hung it up in the kitchen. Each night we gather for family devotions and read a part of the Pilgrim story (the real story, not the revisionist history version). While we do that, the kids all color leaves that we have printed and cut out. On the leaves they write their names and one thing each night that they are thankful for, then they stick them on the tree. By Thanksgiving day, we read the final part of the Pilgrim story and the tree is full of colorful leaves and lots of blessings we are thankful for as a family. (It is a simple project you could do with your family too. It isn’t even too late to do it this week.) Last night Aisley, our 3 year old, colored a leaf like no other one I’ve ever seen naturally. 🙂 Then she wanted us to write the 2 things she was thankful for on her leaf. She was thankful for “flowers and elephants”. Don’t know where that came from, but I’m sure God smiled at that one! 🙂
More on the thankful list to come…
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