So, how did “day one” go for everyone? Mine went surprisingly well. I can’t share everything here, but a couple things blew me away. Within 5 minutes of uploading ‘day one’, I walked out to the shopping mall where my office is located, and bumped into my next door neighbour. We chatted a moment and he asked what was new. So, I told him about this blog, and then it hit me! I stopped mid-sentence and looked him straight in the eye and said, “Dave, you know what! I am thankful for YOU! You are an amazing neighbour and I am thankful!”. A few minutes later, my wife called and our vehicle would not start, so I called my local mechanic, whom I’ve gotten to know, and he said, “I’ll go over right now and get it started”, no charge! This made me ‘very’ thankful for living in a very small community and for having cultivated relationships ahead of time. I’m bringing him a coffee today for sure. There are a few more stories that I could share, but what blew me away more than anything is that suddenly began to have a ‘different awareness’ of things around me. It wasn’t my ‘self effort’ making it happen, it was the indwelling Christ drawing my attention to these things. I am thankful to my saviour for that!
It is amazing how generosity begets thankfulness and more generosity. So today, let’s continue to ‘discover new things’ to be thankful for. Ask God to show you more and deeper things. Let me encourage you to look within yourself first. Take a deep look and discover the place from which you draw your strength and life. As you look you will discover that the place is actually a “person”….it is Christ in you. Since Christ lives in you, what is your response to that precious gift of HIS LIFE?
Mediate on the two verses below today and allow them to gently and slowly seep deep into the pores of your soul. In your thankfulness today, recognize who is walking with you and in you at all times!! I like my little ‘Fitbit’, but I’m so thankful for my ‘Faith-bit’ who lives in me!
***feel free to share ‘short’ message of what you are seeing and learning as the days progress***
Verse of the day
Colossians 1:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
Galatians 2:20 (AKJV) – 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Video of the Day
It Was always about HIS Faith, never Yours!! Steve McVey (approx 30 min)
Questions for the day (to journal)
1. Have you read these verses before? Have you read them very slowly before? If not, do so, several times.
2. What did you read in the verses? What did the Spirit of Christ already in you show you?
3. What difference does it make to know Christ is ‘actually in you?’
4. Did you read Galatians 2:20 carefully? Did you notice any wording you hadn’t seen before?
a prayer from someone following this blog: “Thank You for Your Grace, Thank You for Your Mercy” and then depending on the situation, “I am stuck in traffic, I might run our of gas here, or be late for my appointment, but I’m not where I was five years ago Lord, Thank You for Your Grace, Thank You for Your Mercy”.