My Privilege

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
– Col. 3:15

It is an understatement to say that thankfulness is big with God. It was big in the Old Testament, mostly because Israel forgot to be thankful for what they had been given. Likewise, Christians are instructed to remain thankful, lest we fall under the same condemnation. Paul told the Thessalonians to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18). But what do you do when someone thanks you? That has been an awkward thing for me. Deep down I don’t believe I deserve a “thank you.” Especially when I believe I should be the one thanking someone else.

Often, I will say “my privilege,” which is intended to express both my gratitude for the “thank you,” and my deep sense that I was blessed to do whatever it was that prompted the thanks. Over the years it has been my privilege to be involved in the lives of other people, because they have blessed me greatly.

It is truly my privilege to be married to my wonderful wife, she has been such a ray of light in my life. It is truly my privilege (and a wonderful responsibility) to have been given a healthy and happy boy. It is my privilege to be attending the East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions (aka SEIBS), where it is my privilege to know some great guys. (Since you are reading this it might be my privilege to know you.) Most importantly it is my privilege to serve a great and awesome God! He ultimately does not need my service, but  being full of grace and mercy, He allows me to offer my imperfect life to Him.

So, to you reading this blog, I say, THANK YOU. Now, what are you going to do with that?

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Let God Hold You

l+j When my son, Jeremiah, was a newborn I would often hold him when he was crying. At times it seemed as if the only times I held him were times when he was strung out. It seemed as if I rarely had a chance to hold him when he was happy. Now that was not completely true, but it sure did seem like that at times.

I wonder if sometimes our heavenly Father feels that way about us. We go to Him when we have nowhere else to go. We readily approach Him when our hearts are broken or when we are stressed out. We let Him hold us only when we are strung out. God certainly wants to take our cares and our worries. He is, after all, called the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3). When we are in great need, we should let God wrap us in His arms. However, that should not be the only time when we let Him hold us.

Friends, our God wants to be involved in our lives all the time. He wants us to remember Him in the good times as well as the bad. He wants us to embrace Him and to be embraced by Him, not only in our sorrow but also in our joy. The apostle Paul would, on many occasions, break out into praise in the middle of a letter (Rom. 9:5; 11:36; Gal. 1:5; Eph. 3:20,21; 1 Tim. 1:16,17; 2 Tim. 4:18). When times are bad, quickly go to God for help and comfort. But don’t shut Him out of your life when times are good. Let God hold you today!