This week, we have heard time and again to be thankful for the things that we have in our lives. There is no other time like this in any other part of the year. Celebrities come out of the woodwork to remind us of all the things that we have to be thankful for.
Most of us are thankful at this time of year. It's the holidays. We remember our family and friends. We get together just to spend time with one another.
But in the midst of this wonderful time of year, I would like us all to take a moment. Think about the ways that God has worked in our lives since last year. Then, think about all the things that you want to be thankful to God for NEXT year.
I'm not saying to write a wish list, like "I want to win the lottery". Make a list of the truly important things that you want to see happen in the next year, like an expansion in your ministry, or maybe a new job. Maybe you want to add a new family member, or see your spouse's lifelong goal be realized.
These are all examples from my own life, things that I truly want.
"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart's desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and he will help you." Psalms 37:4,5
If the things that you see on your list are things that truly weigh heavily on your heart, it is time to commit them to Him. I'm not saying that overnight these things are going to happen, and sometimes we don't get the things that we want right now. But if it is something that you fervently desire, the absolute best thing that we can do is to give it to God and to let Him take it. I have given my hopes and desires to Him, and He has given them back, refined and better than I thought possible.
If you truly are a follower of Christ, then it's time we start acting like it.
"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." Hebrews 11:1
Do you have the faith that He can do these things for you?