Ask what I am thankful for during a normally busy moment and I will tell you (in no order of importance): my parents, sister, wife, kids, distant family (both by blood and marriage), my job, house, and working vehicle…
However, in silence - just a few moments of peace - I am thankful that, according to Jeremiah (the prophet, not the bullfrog), God knew me before He began to knit me in my mother’s womb in 19(cough, cough). He didn’t bring me into existence in the 2nd century, the 1500s, nor the 1800s. God knew me, my very essence, and determined I would be born to those two parents of mine at the exact time it happened because He already knew me.
I grew up a child of the 19(cough, cough)s because He knew it was the right time for me. I am thankful for His faithfulness; even when I am not, He is! I am thankful God crafted a life and a path that is just right for me to walk if I so choose.
Has my life been perfect? Nope. My parents perfect? Nope. When I was young I was pretty sure I’d be the perfect parent…NOPE! I am thankful God has given me (and you) His inspired words so that I can understand why my life has not been perfect, even down-right difficult at times, why my parents were not perfect and I am not the perfect dad…HE is the perfect dad.! His way leads to the perfect life everlasting!
I am also thankful for the First United Methodist Church of Katy. My children were baptized here, but more importantly I came to know the real Jesus because here I came to know Gerry, a real teacher of The Holy Bible. To find someone who is thoroughly well versed in Scripture, unashamed of it, and unafraid to share it is priceless, and for that I am forever grateful.
Thanks be to God as He will use things in our lives for good to shape us into those who will be worthy of eternity with Him in Heaven. I believe it with all my heart, have seen it with my own two eyes, and experienced it with my very being.
God is loving and faithful. Aside from creation itself, the very act of love that Jesus did is beyond our imaginations. He was tempted, yet without sin: the perfect atonement. Thank you, Jesus.
To show His awesomeness and great power He spoke millions of stars into existence and even more planets.
And with all of that all He wants from us is our heart.
Keeping this in mind, I remain in a thankful posture towards Him throughout the day, in good times and in rough ones.
Mostly I am thankful that God so loved the world - the cosmos - that He gave His most unique, His one and only begotten Son, Jesus, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Written by Harry
The 12:12 Project is sponsored by Katy First United Methodist Church.