21 Days of Giving Thanks – Day 13

In an effort to emphasize the season of Thanksgiving, I’m celebrating it all through the month of November. Earlier I explained my 21 Days of Giving Thanks challenge, which you can read about here. Today let’s focus on giving thanks for special friends from the past.

Day 13 – Give Thanks for Old Friends

By old friends I do not necessarily mean aged friends, but that may be the case for you. We all have cherished friendships from the past, and we share special memories God gave us at certain place in time. Is it any wonder that as we age we begin more and more to tell stories from the past? To some extent, the “good old days” really were just that. God made us with the ability to supress the little things that annoy us and hold on to the nostalgic memories of a happy past. When held in proper perspective, these memories are not bad.

Of course, we need to look to the future. We need to move on to the work God has given us. But at the same time, we would be losing a little bit of who we are if we failed to remember the friends from the past and the wonderful times we shared. In a world chock-full of broken relationships, it’s a blessing to meet an old friend, smile, and reminisce.

Challenge: Thank God for the good friendships you have had over the years. Contact an old friend and let them know you appreciate them, are thinking of them, and praying for them this Thanksgiving.

CP

21 Days of Giving Thanks – Day 8

In an effort to emphasize the season of Thanksgiving, I’m celebrating it all through the month of November. Earlier I explained my 21 Days of Giving Thanks challenge, which you can read about here. Last week on Friday we gave thanks for the gospel and salvation in Jesus Christ. Today let’s focus on giving thanks for the mission that springs from the gospel.

Day 8 – Give Thanks for the Great Commission

We live in a very confused society. Post-modernism has questioned everything from authority, to family structures, to economics, to religion (and more). The result is many people struggle to find purpose or meaning in life. After all, if we are a cosmic accident, or there are multiple valid religions and ways to heaven, who really cares how you get there?

But Jesus lays out a very different perspective. He made the radical truth claim, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) That’s exclusive, narrow, and restrictive. But what it actually does is swing the door wide open to your true purpose and meaning in life. For those who place their faith in Jesus Christ alone as Savior, he gives them a Commission for life. 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
~Matthew 28:19-20

If you do not know Christ and his purpose for your life, I encourage you to call out to him today. Ask him to save you from your sin and transform you into a new creation made ready to serve him.

If you do know Christ, has this Great Commission become mundane to you? When a visiting missionary in church asks you to turn to Matthew 28, do you think, “Here we go again”? Or have you embraced with joy the high calling God has placed on your life? You have purpose and meaning, a mission to fulfill, a goal to aim for. Give thanks!

Challenge: Thank God for the clear direction he has given you in this life. Take time to carefully evaluate your weekly schedule, purposefully altering it to make the Great Commission your greatest priority.

CP