As we approach Thanksgiving, it is wise to remember the blessings of the Lord. Since He has been most gracious to me in the people He has placed in my life, here are seven reasons I am thankful:
My wife: Kaye has been a constant reminder of God’s grace to me. We just celebrated 16 years of marriage and I love her now more than ever. I know I sound like an old man, but marriage really does get sweeter.
My daughters: I used to imagine having boys to play ball with, but I would not trade Eden and Evie for any sons in the world. Shepherding them, loving them, and watching them grow is a massive blessing.
My family: My family has constantly encouraged me in all the Lord has called me to do. This has often meant sacrifices on their part: us living far away, us missing holidays because of ministry, me writing during visits, etc.
My leaders: I am extremely blessed to be able to serve under the leadership of men I deeply respect. The last decade of my life has been greatly impacted by Thom Rainer, Brad Waggoner, and Rick Blackwood. I am grateful for these men.
My team: Since coming to LifeWay, the Lord has assembled a great team around me. We are consumed with what it means to serve churches in their mission of making disciples. The task is challenging, but that also makes it exhilarating.
My friends: I am blessed to have godly guys in my life that I can call with a struggle, who carry burdens with me, and who challenge me.
My Lord: I am most grateful for Jesus. Psalm 103 encourages us not to forget Him and His benefits. And the greatest benefit of following Jesus is Jesus. He is the greatest treasure and the only One who eternally satisfies.
My soul, praise Yahweh,
and all that is within me, praise His holy name.
My soul, praise the Lord,
and do not forget all His benefits.
He forgives all your sin;
He heals all your diseases.
He redeems your life from the Pit;
He crowns you with faithful love and compassion.
He satisfies you with goodness;
your youth is renewed like the eagle. [Psalm 103:1-5]