I'm a forward-thinker. I don't like to spend a lot of time looking back because I'm too busy looking forward. But, sometimes it's a good idea to look back and reflect, especially when it comes to what Jesus has done in our lives. Today, I'd like to share three reasons why I am thankful this year.
I am 56 years old and am in very good health. I usually do twelve miles a week on the stepper at my local gym and have lost a few pounds recently. But every year I become more and more aware of the frailty of my body. Many of my friends have experienced health issues ranging from a knee replacement to brain cancer and I am so thankful that I have reached my age as healthy as I am.
In August I sent my second child to college and now have two away at school. My daughter is a junior in high school and is thinking of signing up for college classes next year. And, most importantly, I recently celebrated 24 years of marriage with my wife Lorraine. Other than Jesus, my family is the most important part of my life. I am so thankful I'm close to each of them and that they value my relationship with them, something I hope I never take for granted. I am thankful for the family God has given me.
I absolutely love what I do for a living. God called me to ministry over thirty years ago and at first I thought He wanted me to go to overseas. When I entered seminary God began to clarify my call by giving me a heart for the local church. However, recently, the Father has called me again, this time to minister to ministers. In March of this year, h2ministry.com was launched as an outreach to pastors. My goal is to help as many pastors as possible reach their potential by being healthy and hopeful. I think pastor health--spiritually, emotionally, and in other areas--is so important to the Church because healthy pastors lead healthy churches that reach their communities for Jesus. I'm thankful Jesus has given me a passion to help pastors.
1 Thess. 5:18 says
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I've shared my reasons for being thankful at Thanksgiving. What are your reasons? I'd love to hear them! Feel free to share your thoughts by clicking on the Share link below.