David Marshall Kealy
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 1 Timothy 1:12
THANKSGIVING IN MAY
You perhaps have heard of and enjoyed events called “Christmas in July”. I remember them as a kid.
This month let's focus on being thankful.
So, how about THANKFUL IN MAY?
Let CHRISTMAS IN JULY follow.
Last month I reflected on our era when many countries, churches and communities are divided over issues large and small.So, is being thankful a reasonable paradigm? We do have much to be thankful for.
What do you do or how do you feel when things don’t go right. What do you feel on a bad day?
Years ago when living in Ukraine we met a couple of young women who were there as missionaries from an organization that had a phrase I liked. It was, “go and stay”. In a time of greater international travel mission assignments had changed from the David Livingston days of going to another country and investing your life sharing the gospel and not returning home often or never.
What we really liked was a phrase these women used the things did not go as planned. It was “for this LORD we prayed”.
They were there because of choices they had made and a pledge to God to serve him in a foreign missionary assignment.
This leads me to consider this about prayer.
Do you pray for God’s leading in your life?
If you do when things don’t go right you can take comfort in realizing this is what God has planned for you.
It helps to be thankful at all times.
Even times when things don’t go the way you planned or even thought they would or should.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Col 4:2
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
Col 3: 15
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,”
1 Timothy 1:12 is a life verse that led to our creating Reaching People far from God
David M. Kealy