I have not participated in 30 days of thankfulness on social media. No particular reason. I sure have plenty to be thankful for. When I think of all the things I have to be thankful for, it seems to boil down to one common thread. A godly example. I am only a second generation Christian. My mother’s parents came to Christ several years after she did as did my father’s mother. So as a family we have only been on the Jesus journey for 68 years. But my father has been on for all 68 of those (as well as my mother before she went to be with the Lord). Never wavering, never questioning, never “backsliding.” And it hasn’t always been an easy ride. But serving Jesus isn’t. If it is, check yourself.
I am reading through the book The Shaping of a Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot and I came across this statement from her father to one of her brothers:
I am so pleased at the way you and_____ handled the affair, putting the Lord first and trusting Him…I am always thankful when I hear that any of my children have faced trial in the strength of the Lord and with the “comfort of the Scriptures” (Romans 15:4). If you become saturated with the Bible, you will always be able to find some comfort and strength in every situation in life. I have read it systematically for forty-four years, and am finding today that the Lord continually brings to mind the things from it. I am on my twenty-eighth trip through the Bible this year (he was sixty-three), making notes as I feel led…I pray for you usually four times a day.”
Our children need to know where we stand with Jesus. Especially when the tough times fall. How different are we then? Saturate ourselves with the Bible…And pray, pray, pray for our children whether small or grown.
For this example in my life and knowing that my dad prays for me every day, I am grateful. Every. Single. Day. And from that springs every other earthly thing I have to be thankful for.