THIS is Thanksgiving!!

I was sitting at the head of the table tonight, looking at all the surrounded me. My beautiful home; nice furniture; warm and safe; my wonderful wife; two of my three sons with their families; and more food on my table than some small nations produce in a year. And my life flashed in front of my eyes. How did I ever make it to this point? I have fumbled and stumbled through the course of life like  a drunken sailor on a tight rope. I can look back and see so many places that I took things so lightly and didn’t realize that the wrong move could have destroyed my life . . . and other times that I made a wrong move and was spared by the grace of God, and I didn’t even know it. And then other times still that I purposely, consciously, did things I knew full well were beyond wrong, and again the grace of God spared me.

It takes my breath away to see in my life the wisdom, mercy, faithfulness and love of God in contrast to my foolishness, shortsightedness, inconsistencies and rebellion.
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
He saved my wretched soul on December 19th, 1981. He has brought me through more than I am even aware of. He has placed me in the ministry. Used me to lead others to Christ. Made me a teacher of His perfect Word. Given me the privilege to preach the gospel. Given me zeal for the things of the Lord. And all this because He loves me . . . and HE has been the One to work in me BOTH to WILL AND to DO of His good pleasure. All I would do is ruin it. All I would accomplish is bitterness, destruction and pain.
This Thanksgiving, this day, this moment, this sobering realization, is an epiphany I hope never fades from my awareness.
I have more than any man could ask for. I have more than I could ever deserve or pay for. And I have a God to thank for all of it.
And then I go to heaven . . . . and He made that so as well.

About Pastor Jack Seiler

Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, Collins, NY
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