This is the final entry in my four week series of things that I am thankful for. I saved the best for last, of course.
Absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the thing that I am most grateful for in my life is a loving, saving, grace-giving God.
God loves me and you with such passion and protectiveness. You can even go so far as to say that God is jealous for us, for our affections and our allegiance. He desires an intimate, personal relationship with each and every one of us.
For me, this means that I can put aside trying to be perfect, trying to do enough, be enough and accomplish enough. He loves me AS I AM... sometimes weak, sometimes needy, and always imperfect. I am made perfect through Him, through the sacrifice of His Son. How many people are you willing to sacrifice your own child for. I'm going to say no one. I couldn't even bear the thought of it. But God did.... He sent His only Son to atone for the sins of a lost world, for everyone who was, is, or ever will inhabit this earth.
Deep stuff, huh? I understand love.... I love my husband, my children, my friends and family. But take that love (and it's a whole lot of love) and multiply it by a million and still, you're not even close to the love that God feels for all of us. How can I ever express how thankful I am for that?
When we receive God's love we are expected to show that love to others around us. There are endless possibile opportunites to serve others and spread a little love. Ask around.... at your church, your job, on the internet. All For Good lets you search for volunteer opportunities by location. Take your kids! What better way to teach them to show God's love than by teaching them to serve.
I hope that each of you has a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!