What do these things all have in common?
A mother who loved Jesus and her children and teaching children about Jesus. (this is my mom with Sara back when we were dating)
A dad who loved serving God but always had time to take his son on adventures. And on these adventures he took the time to teach me life lessons that I still remember today.
Another dad by marriage whose love for the lost is an inspiring example and who loves retelling any story that shows how God can change lives.
A wife who loves her husband and little boy the way Jesus loves us – with grace and kindness and lots of patience.
A little boy who made me a Dad overnight and changed my life forever.
And who looks up to me no matter what. The love of a child is a precious undeserved gift. I now know what it meant for God to give his only begotten son… for me!
OK, WHAT DO ALL THESE HAVE IN COMMON?
They are what I am most thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. Of course, there are many other things I’m thankful for as well – but parents, wife, and my little boy top the list. There are other family I am thankful for, friends that have modeled Christlike friendship, staff that I don’t know what I’d do without, and so much more.
But mostly I am thankful for the Cross
and to Jesus my Savior, Forgiver and Friend.
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14