Being Thankful

Too many times we wake up in the morning sleeping as late as we can and try to do all the things we need to do and get to work on time.  Most mornings are a blur.  I had a friend who would sit down every morning at 5:00a and read, write, listen to the birds or take in the morning air.  That was his time to give thanks.  It prepared him for the day ahead.  To be honest, I wish I had that kind of discipline.  I do not, I do, however, turn off the radio and have a conversation with God on my way to work.  I am thankful for the day before me with all of the obstacles that come my way.  I always ask for God’s help. He is a God of details.

Steve Jobs the founder of Apple will be known for many inventions and many products we use daily.  And the wealth, which he accumulated, is beyond what we can ever imagine. However, he had these words to say in his last days...

In my lifetime, the wealth I have won, I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love. That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.

Why do we get so carried away and wrapped up in our lives that we miss the moments in our lives that could have counted if we just took the time?  Be thankful, greet each day as a gift and thank God for the day.  Keep Him close by all day, and He will guide you.

Many of you have been praying for my family with the illness of my mother.  We thank you for all the prayers.  This time in any family situation is always difficult, and many significant decisions need to be made.  I was at home with my family last week, and I went in the pantry, and these were the words taped up to the inside of the door. Lord if you bless me, I’ll thank you.  But if you don’t, I’ll be thankful for what I have.

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It should not be asking too much for us to slow down and just be thankful.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Be thankful and God Bless!
Mike

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Mike Conrad serves as our Worship Director. When he's not preparing for worship or playing an instrument, he enjoys spending time with his wife boating and fishing. Learn more about Mike here.