The Write Place- Curtis Bruce Kessler

November 27, 2010

I Thank God …

Filed under: Uncategorized — cbkessler @ 2:47 pm

Thanksgiving Holiday is here. Alright! A great number of families (including mine) will gather together during Thanksgiving Day and eat, socialize, watch football, play games, or simply be thankful we can come together as a family and, oh yea, did I say eat? I know you are probably a lot like me in the sense that we have been blessed with many special memories associated with this tremendous holiday. But, as with many things, we can get so use to something, so apathetic, that it becomes routine. By doing this we rob ourselves, our families, and our churches of something special, even magical.

Surely there are things to be thankful for, right? If you would make a list of just three things you are thankful for, what would that list look like? Start the list with “I Thank God for …” Who or what would be on that list? My list at the time I asked this question included my granddaughters, wife and Jesus. What or who is on your list? But, I can hear you protesting. A list of three is too short! Well, research shows that people remember better when given information in threes. Also, we preachers realize that three bullet points are more effective than two or four (many put this to test every Sunday). So, your list of three is important and will help you prioritize. But you may want to revise it.

I came across a thought by the Apostle Paul that truly caused me to reevaluate my list. In Philippians 1:3 Paul said to the church family at Philippi, “I thank my God every time I remember you.” Such a short but beautiful and powerful statement of thanks! I can’t tell you the number of times I blew past this verse without giving thought to thankfulness. At first I wondered if this was just a one time thought expressed by Paul and I was making too much of one verse. But remarkably I found this was high on Paul’s list! If you search in all his epistles you will find him giving thanks to God for the church family quite regularly. Why was this so critical and a priority of Paul? Listen to his own explanation in verses 4-6 of Philippians 1, “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Think of this! Paul recognized that the relationship he shared with his church family was such a rich superior blessing (remember he said partnership) and nothing short of giving thanks to God would do. I wonder. Was your church family on that list?

I thank God for …

Bruce Kessler
South Canadian Valley church of Christ


1 Comment »

  1. Yes, my church family is a main course in the Thanksgiving feast of my life…

    Comment by Michael — November 29, 2010 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

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