So Many Reasons to be Thankful

Over the past few weeks, I have been overwhelmed to tears in thanksgiving to God for His goodness to me in my life. Our time back home in Florida reminded me of how blessed I was growing up in a Christian home and a good Bible preaching church. I grew up at a good time in history and in a beautiful part of God’s creation in northwest Florida on the Guld Coast. I am thankful that God did not leave me in my lost condition as a young boy, but extended His grace to me and convicted me of my sinfulness and my need of His forgiveness and righteousness in my life. God extended more grace to me again as a rebellious teenager, and He did not give up on me to destroy myself in my foolishness; instead, He chastened me and convicted me until I returned in submission to Him. The fact that God has allowed me to serve with Him in vocational ministry is a miracle of His grace entirely. My years of ministry have been surrounded by wonderful people who have supported me, served with me, and invested in me. The miles I have travelled over the years in ministry have been very uneventful as far as accidents or tragedies as the Lord has answered our prayers on those trips every time. I am amazed at the place God has allowed me to serve with Him now here in the Pacific Northwest of Oregon and blessed by the fellow pastors that I know who love God and His Word and faithfully preach Jesus and His Gospel of Salvation. God has blessed His church here at Summerville in many incredible ways before my time and during my time here as pastor that cause me to be grateful to Him. I have been blessed with a wonderful family and God is continuing to grow our family with precious little souls that we can influence for His glory in their lives. God has taught me so much in His Word about Himself, myself, others, and His will through my own study of His Word, through His Spirit teaching me, through the preaching and teaching of others filled with His Spirit, and even through the relationships I have now and have had over the years. Has met every need I have had in life far and above just mere existence, but richly and gloriously in so many ways. As I think of how my life could have been lived with me in charge of myself, I shudder to think of the messes and heartache I could have experienced along my journey of life. But as I look back on my life, I am so thankful for the goodness God has shown to me along the way. I am thankful for each of you who continue on this journey of life and ministry with me, and I trust we will all be faithful to Him until He takes us to Heaven to be with Him eternally.