Because I want to be intentional about expressing my gratitude even when I don’t feel like it…
Day 1: I am grateful for God’s kind of redemption. You cannot quantify the power in loving someone despite themselves, no measure for forgiveness that is ever available.
There are many people who might read this and immediately bring up the threat of hell and damnation as though these are the most important qualities of serving God–that you get a pass on an eternal lake of torment. There are others who have no idea how perfect and beautiful this type of grace is because they have only been taught the religious observances and nothing about the loving relationship that is made possible through Jesus Christ.
To that point, I am most grateful for the revelation of God’s goodness, how His thoughts toward me are merciful and kind, how his plans are for me to prosper and be in good health even as my soul prospers. I fear God in the way of respect; I love God because He continuously showers me with His love; I trust God because He shows me every day that He shows time and again that He is sufficient. I honor God because He is God. I bless God because who else deserves it?
In all my learning and studying and doing, I came to the conclusion for myself that Jesus Christ was the way–but I had to learn what that meant for myself. And it means so much more than I can really put into words.
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