When I am praying, I spend alot of time looking through the rearview mirror. I continue to thank God for healing me when, at the age of four, I became paralyzed. That catastrophe is the earliest memory of my life. Regardless of your agem when you can not move your body, it is a memory that will never be forgotten. It could have become an impossible nightmare for my grandmother but the reality is that she prayed for a miracle and, eventually, I was healed. I think of that blessing everytime I see anyone who is confined to a wheelchair.
I am still thanking God for allowing a poor kid like me to find a way to pay for a college education. Once upon a time, it was an impossible dream. But, He is the one who placed me in a broadcasting station where I became the youngest disc jockey in the United States. Yes, this all started at age twelve and by the time I was 23 years old, all college expenses had been paid in full
But, what does satan say about this? "Why do you continue to repeat your thanks about something that occurred in the past? After all, your god heard you the first time/"
Yes, but satan deceitfully leaves out this truth: I should pray without ceasing and each time I thank God for any blessing I am blessing Him and He is never tired of the blessing coming from a human creature especially since sending such blessings to the Throne Room is more an exception in this world of sin.
In Revelation 5:8, the Apostle John refers to a golden bowl of incense. The incense is the prayer of God's people and the aroma is always pleasing to Him.
So, we Christians should think long and hard about the good things in our lives and be thankful for all of the blessings received. As strange as it may seem, let us also not forget to be thankful for our trials and difficult times as well. For while they aren’t any fun, they mold our character, teach us important lessons, and grow our faith.
I will not end this message based only on past blessings. That is because what God has done for me in the past tells me that even more blessings are on the way. That is what should compel us to dream about what we can do to reach out to humanity and ask God to bless us through guiding us down the right path.
It is true that even the most optimistic among us sometimes struggle when facing difficult situations in this life. But, when I remember that through God, all things are possible, a familiar song still rings through my mind. It cries out with hope and says no to any kind of defeat. It reminds me of the pure thrill of faith in One who can turn water into wine enabling us to step out and dream......
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into hell
For a heavenly cause
And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest
And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star!
The beauty of the Lord is that He often gives even without being asked, helps without being seen, and stays with us even when we forget to say thank you.
I interrupt this newsletter to say to our Heavenly Father, Thank You! That includes opening so many doors through Worker Ministries and keeping other doors closed because You, Heavenly Father, know what is best for me and this ministry. Thank you for the direction you give to those who seek your calling for their lives and then you provide the engine that drives the calling (the job that brings joy to one's work life).
And may I not forget to Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the astronomical success of our monthly newsletter.. When I go to the archives on our Worker Ministries web site and click on any past newsletter and read it, I am reminded that those words could only be placed on my mind by the One who deserves all of the glory! And, yes, the success of this publication could once have been an impossible dream.
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
(1 Thessalonians 16-18)
Yes, regardless of the trials and tribulations we all face at various times, because we have also been blessed in so many ways, we can truly say to each other at the table and elsewhere .......Happy Thanksgiving!
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