For most of November my articles and sermons have been centered about being thankful, and especially saying “Thank You” in some form. The Bible is replete with the giving of thanks, to God, and to others. While browsing I came across one statement that set me to thinking, more so than others. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to think a little more about it. Here’s the thank you line:
“One Day you will thank yourself for never giving up!” Anon.
Those of us (everyone) who have gone through serious trials and have been able to continue climbing know we have many people to thank, even those who attempted to contribute to our failure. Over the long haul we somehow managed to keep on walking toward our objective.
Tomes could be written about the myriad of times I have felt more than just an urge to throw in the towel, as the struggle seemed to be overwhelming. Yet, in God’s time the tide changed, and tiny accomplishments started rolling inward. Those who study the tides understand that tides do go out, and then come in again. As I write this piece I find that I am thankful beyond words for God strengthening me to the point of gritting my teeth and pressing on the upward way.
In preparing for the celebration that we Americans call, Thanksgiving Day, just looking around at the grand family the Lord has entrusted to my watch care, the flourishing group of Believers over which the Lord has entrusted me to oversee according to Peter, and the thousands of followers from the writing ministry, I must say, “Lord Jesus thank you for imparting to me the tenacity to keep on keeping on.”
Along these lines I must admit thankfulness for the many who have walked with me, even in the darkest of storms. As a placard proclaims, “Thank you for your part in my journey.”
True friends are discovered only when we walk through tumultuous times, that’s one reason I give thanks for the storms, for now I know you, my friends are true blue.
1Thessalonians 5:18 “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
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