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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Character

Sarah Darling did a good dead, and almost lost something of great value. As Sarah walked by Billy Ray Harris, a homeless man in Kansas City, she took out her coin purse and emptied it into his cup. It wasn’t until the next day that she noticed her engagement ring was missing. Her ring had hurt her finger the previous day so she had taken it off and put it in her coin purse, the very purse she had emptied into Mr. Harris’ cup. She returned to find Mr. Harris in the same spot as he was the day before. She inquired about the ring and he returned it to her. He was quoted as saying, “My grandfather was a reverend. He raised me from the time I was 6 months old…I do still have some character.”

How easy would it have been to take that ring to a pawn shop and never be seen again! But Billy Ray Harris had something that prevented him from doing that, character. That character instilled in him by his grandfather saved Sarah Darling from losing something of great sentimental value. That character also brought a few good things to the life of Mr. Harris. After his story was broadcast on the national news he began receiving donations, $16,000 so far.

The Bible speaks often of character, you might call it integrity. This trait is essential to a disciple of Christ. We must do what is right even when it may hurt. We will be blessed in eternity if we have integrity on this earth. Proverbs 19:1 states: “Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.”  As for me, I would rather be poor and have integrity than be crooked and have an easy life.

Well done, Billy Ray Harris, you do indeed have character. How about you?