Thank You, J.C.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what else will I talk about? However, despite the timing of this post, I’m a big believer of giving thanks each day, every day.

There are two things I am not ‘chisel’ or stingy with – saying ‘thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry.’ A lot of people surprisingly struggle with this, but it comes very easy to me. I don’t know if it’s because I sin so much that saying sorry is like second nature – lololol – or it’s because I recognize my part in situations quickly and early. My philosophy is that saying sorry is usually not about you the person saying sorry; it’s all about the other person. You may not get why they’re upset, but if the relationship is in any way important to you, saying sorry is the easiest way to maintain it. It’s not an admission of guilt; it’s just an acknowledgement of the other’s feelings.

Anyhoo, this post isn’t about saying sorry, it’s about saying thank you. We’ll leave sorry for – oh wait, is there a holiday dedicated to sorry? Uh, I guess not. Okay, moving on.

What am I thankful for?

I am thankful for the privilege of being God’s child. I am thankful for the privilege of having Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and the implications that has for my life. I’ve always been thankful for God, but today after Church my gratitude is on a slightly different level.

I believe in Jesus Christ, there is no doubt about that in my mind. It’s a very personal and deep conviction and faith. And the person I believe in is the Lord and owner of the cosmos. He’s the Omega. He’s the Lord God. He is IT! And as the Lord of the entire universe, he says ‘cast all your cares on him because he cares for you’. Imagine that. The Son of God, the omnipresent, says bring ALL your troubles to Him because He cares for us. We’re not taking our troubles to a human being, to a friend next door or to a boyfriend; we’ve been asked to take them to the one and only true God. And not only does God care, He’s powerful enough to do something about it. Isn’t that cool? I think it is, and I’m grateful for that.

Most often, I forgot about the God I worship. Most often, I forget about the power He has, and worse, I sometimes forget about the deep love He has for us, for me. Sometimes believing in God and worshipping in Him almost becomes rote, a part of life. And thankfully today, I am reminded of the God I serve. I’ve been reminded that He’s there for me and wants me to boldly bring my problems to Him.

As Pastor said today, we forget about the God we serve and we don’t take our problems to him because:

  • We think our problems are too small
  • We’re not sure God will care
  • We doubt God’s ability to tackle what we think is impossible.

I’m so guilty of the first one in particular. I actually try to project manage my prayer requests! And I did it in Church just before the sermon started! I was praying and I mentally tried to rank the prayer. Literally. In my head I was thinking, okay, should I pray for work, love, weight loss, friends, family, and success or even ask Him to help me figure out my Christmas plans? So I narrowed down on the love bit and decided I can figure out work and the rest myself. And ten minutes later, the Pastor reminded me how powerful my God is. I don’t doubt my God’s power to intervene. That is my privilege. It’s my birthright as a child of God.

Tonight, I am going to bed immensely grateful that I worship a powerful God. I am grateful He asked me to come to Him with all my problems, big or small. And tonight, all that I have held back from God, I will lay it at His feet. All of it! Thank You, Jesus, for being my Lord and Savior.

So I will leave you with the question the Pastor left us with – What things are you trying to handle on your own? Take them to the throne of Grace.