I am just finishing a sermon series called ThankFULL. I shared on the power of being FULL of thanks and praising God for His goodness in our lives. Today, I want to look back and give thanks to God for everything that has happened this year, and for what He is going to do in the coming year.
It is easy to get to the end of a year and feel a little melancholy. Maybe things didn’t come together the way you wanted them to. Maybe you didn’t get the promotion or the opportunity you were hoping for. It might be that you experienced loss this year. The holidays can be a painful reminder of loved ones that are no longer with us, and that can be difficult. But I want to encourage you in this: God is still with you and He is still for you. I always believe that the best is yet to come. In Matthew 6:13, the Bible says that God leads us from glory to glory! In Romans 1:17, Paul adds that we are led from faith to faith. In other words, the best days for you and I are still ahead! We can head into this holiday season with hope, and because we have this hope, I want to focus on everything that I can be thankful for.
This year, we have seen growth in our churches, seeing thousands saved, baptized, and plugged into the community of The Church. I am thankful for all the pastors, staff, and Dream Team members who serve at The Church MVMT. What happens each week would not be possible without each of you. I am excited and inspired by all the things God did this year and expectant for what He is going to do in 2015.
Personally, I am so thankful for my wife, Wendy, my children, my family, and my friends. I have been blessed with friendships that are now decades long. I am thankful for our health and for living in this great country. It is not perfect, but we are incredibly blessed to live in this nation.
Today, I encourage you to look back and give praise to God for all the things He’s done in and through your life this year. Focus on all the things that have been good and have been a blessing to you, and remember that your best days are still ahead!
1 Chronicles 29:13
I want to know what you are ThankFULL for! Share it with me in the comments and on social media using the hashtag #ThankFULLlife!