Thanksgiving is a time when we can show appreciation for what the Lord God has given to us. There have been times in my life when there was little; and there have been times when I received more than I expected. Looking back, I realize it was those times of little that taught me how to appreciate what little I received. Put into perspective, in some parts of this world where there isn’t much, I can say that I am truly blessed.
The Apostle Paul expressed thanksgiving. In 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Paul said,
“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
Paul had perspective. He understood what grace meant to him because he once had no grace. Paul knew what life was like without grace. As we generously sow God’s word into the lives of others, we can also expect a harvest. What kind of harvest? A harvest of God’s righteousness in the lives of others.
At age 15, God poured his grace into my life when I came to faith. I still remember the day when the Holy Spirit entered into my life and refreshed my soul and gave me new life. God the Holy Spirit came down and opened up my heart to receive Jesus. For this, I am very grateful.
Thank you Lord for the words that were planted into my life through my parents, Sunday school teachers, pastors, and brothers and sisters who loved the Lord.