Thursday, November 25, 2010

Joy and Thankfulness...from Bro. John Miller

As we approach this wonderful time of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas, it brings to my mind I Thess. 5:18. Do you know what this Scripture says? Stop, take your Bible, and read it. Did you see that thankfulness should characterize the Christian life in every circumstance? Psalms 100:4 - do you know what it says? Stop, take your Bible out and read it. Wow!  We should enter His gates, Trinity Baptist Church, with thanksgiving and joy… why? So, we can praise Him, honor Him, and acknowledge Him as our God.

I thank God that He has allowed me to be admitted into His service for over 30 years and so thankful He has allowed me to serve at Trinity Baptist Church for almost 20 glorious and joyful years. Our Lord has blessed us beyond any measure I could ever expect. What a source of joy and thanksgiving this Body of Believers has been to me, and is for so many others as well!

How could anyone not be full of joy and be very thankful while ministering to the Senior Adults at Trinity? God has blessed us with Senior Adult mentors to look up to, with Senior Adults serving throughout Trinity, willing to do what it takes to glorify Jesus. Thank you for giving unto the Lord!

I’m thankful for the past but, like Paul, “forgetting what lies behind”, we must press on toward the eternal finish line in front of us, and we must refuse to focus on yesterday because today holds out our hope.

Where do we find joy and a thankful heart?

As I was looking at the past and fearing the future. . .
My Lord was speaking:
“My name is I AM,”

“When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I WAS.”
“When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there; my name is not I WILL BE.”

“When you live in the moment, it is not hard. I AM here”.
 Bro. John