Last night we had a special family service and we showed a little montage of Fresh Life Kids telling what they are thankful for. Kids are so rad.
I absolutely love the kid who was thankful for Christ and His crucifixion–I think he has the makings of an evangelist! Tied for second place in my mind is the girl who was thankful for Pandas and the boy who was thankful for elk. That is definitely a very Montana thanksgiving comment, I never heard much Elk-thankfulness in Orange County!
I love Thanksgiving. And I look forward to Thanksgiving dinner all year long. But as good as the yams, turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy are going to be in a few hours we need to make sure to remember that today is about more than food, football and flying. It’s all about having an attitude of gratitude. That was what our first president George Washington said in 1789 when he proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving. “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection & favor; & whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the US a day of public thanksgiving and prayer…”
Today we should all take time and go around the table sharing what we are thankful for and then praying and telling God how grateful we are. ”…In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 The reality is we should give God thanks every day, and we have so very much to be thankful for. Most of all for our salvation. Yesterday in the Rose Garden of the White House President Bush granted a pardon to a turkey as has been the yearly tradition since President Truman first granted clemency to a turkey 60 years ago and it stuck. This was President Bush’s last opportunity in his final year as president and he made a young bird named Pumpkin very happy, it will live out the rest of it’s life safe from being served for dinner. Above all things we should be thankful that God has pardoned us from our sins because of Jesus Christ, granting us a full and unconditional pardon.
I am also so very thankful for my wonderful wife, Jennie, and my daughters, Alivia and Lenya. These three girls are such an awesome gift from the Lord and a thrill to live life with. (here is a picture of us taken last night at church before service.) Additionally I am thankful, more than ever, for God’s Word. I shared on Sunday morning, how after the Preach the Word conference, I am more committed to and stoked about teaching the Bible than ever before. And I really am genuinely thankful to God for how it never returns void, but always accomplishes what it goes out to do. I’m thankful that God lets me preach and teach His Word.
This week I definitely got to do plenty of that. I set a new personal record for maximum messages in a week: In addition to the 3 weekend services at Fresh Life Saturday and Sunday, I spoke Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9am to 12pm at the Montana Bible School. I squeezed all 12 Sex and the Scriptures teachings into the 9 hours and communicated three months of messages into 3 days. To finish it all off I spoke last night at our Fresh Life family Thanksgiving service–in all 15 messages in 5 days! Wow, I’m tired just thinking about it. Good thing I get to get full of tryptophan and take a nap today.
P.S. I’m also very thankful for all of you who read my blog! God Bless you and happy Thanksgiving.