Much To Be Thankful For

Rose leads the way with my dad & Karie following

Rose leads the way with my dad & Karie following

One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. Not just because I get to participate in the national pastime of overeating, but because it is perhaps the noblest of our nation’s┬áholidays. Americans have always had much to be thankful for, and it’s wonderful that we dedicate at least one day per year to stop and ponder the many things for which we owe a debt of gratitude.┬áSadly, there are many who squirm away from even a hint of Providence, flippantly changing the moniker to an inelegant “Turkey Day.” For me, however, Thanksgiving is a day that reminds me that every day, really, should be Thanksgiving.

The year is not yet over, but it’s already proven to be a banner year for me. In spite of what may be the worst economic conditions of my lifetime, my business has more than doubled. And that happened in between 68 days of vacation, most of which involved trips to Russia, Greece, France, and Austria!

Somehow, though, none of this feels particularly astonishing to me. I’m amazed but not entirely surprised. My life has been rather blessed in its entirety, so a banner year even during a global slump gives me cause for marveling, but not astonishment. What I do find to be truly astonishing is the realization that God has continued to bless me in nearly every endeavor in my life. Indeed He’s blessed me far beyond anything I deserve. I am reminded of the warning in Luke 12:48. “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” I pray that I use the time, the health, the abilities, the affluence, and the opportunities that God has given me to live a life that pleases Him.

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