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7 Things I’m Thankful For
November 28, 2013
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I thought I’d celebrate the day with 7 things for which I am thankful.

I’m Thankful for Jesus
No, I’m not just giving you a Jesus-juke. I’m grateful for my savior. He loved me while I was his enemy. He bled to beautify me. I will sing for 10,000 ages about his greatness and not yet have scratched the surface of his kindness.

I’m Thankful for Sanctification
Jesus doesn’t just save me. He grows me. He challenges me. He slays me. He prunes me. He loves me. He rebukes me. He trains me. This is our relationship. My Savior-Lord wants me to grow up. It hurts — a lot — but it’s worth it.

I’m Thankful for My Wife
She shouldn’t be my wife, you know. She should be someone else’s wife … someone much nicer, kinder, more patient … maybe someone with more hair. But she’s mine. She chose me, and I her. She loves me, and I her. She doesn’t let go of me, and I’m not letting go of her.

I’m Thankful for My Kids
Kids are a gift. I have four healthy, happy, awesome kids. Being a daddy is great and really tough. I have four little mirrors who show me my need to be sanctified. I have four little people who have the potential to change the world for Jesus. I have four little reasons to fight the good fight of the faith. They’re a blast, and they’ll be gone before I know it. So, I’m drinking it all in now.

I’m Thankful for My Parents
Having my own kids has shown me one more thing … it must have been tough as nails to raise me. I was not an easy, cheerful, obedient young lad. My mom and dad must’ve wanted to put me up for sale a time or two. They didn’t. They raised me, paid for me, fed me, put up with me, housed me, drove me to school. I’m really grateful for all that.

I’m Thankful for My Spiritual Family
The men and women with whom I have the privilege of walking is unbelievable. My spiritual sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, fathers and mothers … they know who they are. I’m so glad I don’t go to a church, but I’m part of a spiritual family. Going to church is boring. Belonging to a family is exhilarating.

I’m Thankful for My Stuff
God’s given me stuff. Not a ton of it, but enough of it. A bit of money, a car, a house … everything I need. I don’t own it, Jesus does. He lets me hang on to it. I want to steward it. I want to give a lot of it away. I want to improve it. The best part is, I don’t live for it. I’m grateful for it, without being beholden to it.

I don’t know if you’ve done it yet, but take a moment. Look over your life for evidences of grace and, be thankful. It’s a good day for it.

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