A Message of Gratitude

I’ve been writing this blog for more than three years. Most days, I have no trouble thinking of something to say. I guess I just have a lot of opinions, and I’m interested in so many vitally important issues. My passion is to communicate Biblical principles and see them operating in all areas of our society.

Today, as I sit in front of my laptop, I’m a little tired. Nothing seems to be flowing. The only thing going through my mind is that I have so much for which to be grateful. I have a wife who has faced a cancer scare for most of this year, and who now has a better prognosis. I thank God for that.

I have grown children who are following God and raising families of their own. Maybe we did something right after all. We now have grandchildren who bring joy into our lives. For this blessing, I give praise to a God who loves us when we don’t deserve that love, and who teaches us what forgiveness really means.

My job is more than a job. I have a ministry of teaching, and despite the obstacles and trials of the classroom, most of the time it is fulfilling. Fulfillment is found only in doing what God has called you to do.

Materially, although we can hardly be classified as rich in the world’s eyes, we are comfortable; we lack for nothing really essential. How much of the world can say that? Yet I have grown to understand better than ever that what we have one day could easily disappear the next. We are to hold on to earthly blessings lightly. We are to have the same attitude expressed by the apostle Paul when he said:

I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

So today’s post is simply a message of thankfulness. It’s a quality that needs to be nurtured in all of us.