After a tiring day at work, I had my dinner with my grandma and then went upstairs to change clothes and start working on some designs for our church anniversary yearbook. Then, a thought came into my mind about being …THANKFUL.
I got to remind myself of God’s goodness throughout my life as I am scanning through pictures from my laptop and going through my FB news feed. haha. I am truly overwhelmed by how God preserved me from the beginning until I was brought to school and then work… and I JUST CAN’T STOP THANKING MY LORD for keeping me from doing things that is against His will. (You may know what I mean by those things)
Never smoked, not a dip of alcohol, no drugs. Even if I was brought to a secular school and college, I never was influenced to get into bars and do stuff that aren’t God-glorifying. GOD IS GOOD, i say to myself as I am typing this blog.
But then, after a couple of minutes thinking about all these.. I was side tracked to think of other people.
PEOPLE WHO I KNEW WERE CHRISTIANS (At least they said so) BUT ACTS LIKE SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT KNOW GOD.
It was heartbreaking to see these people do things that God hates. As they lower down their standards for modesty, speech and having a relationship with someone who does not fear God. It was sad. I WAS REALLY SAD. Then I thought to myself, God has been good to me.. I thank God I never became like them.
Now, I have another reason to thank my God. I thank Him for reminding me of someone in the Bible that I sounded like.. and I never should follow again.
Read this short parable which Jesus Himself spoke about:
And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
I praise the Lord for His goodness in my life, for His teachings, for His counsel, for the people He use to mold me to become more like Him. But above all, I thank Him for reminding me that I am His creation and He my Creator. I cannot do anything apart from Him. So whatever blessing I am experiencing right now is all because of Him and His marvelous grace.
With a lot of thanksgiving to my LORD,