Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I've seen many blogs participating in Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers. I decided to join in this week...it is always a good thing to be purposefully looking for things to be thankful for. So many wonderful blessings in our life are just taken for granted, and I want to take time each week to focus on all that God has given me.
This week we celebrate the single most important event in history. On that one day everything changed. There was hope where before there was hopelessness. Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and rose again...defeating sin and death forever.
I grew up in a Christian home, but we spent most of my early childhood searching for a church. We were in a church long enough for my parents to find out the church wasn't a good fit ...and to confuse me. I had been taught that Jesus died on the cross for my sins...and I just needed faith in that to spend eternity with him. But, somewhere along the line I got the idea that if I accepted Christ, I would become sinless. Even as a young child of 8 or 9 I knew that I still was sinning. I felt hopeless.
One day circumstances led my parents to sit down and talk with me about salvation. I was nine years old, and they explained that even though as a believer I should try not to sin, sinning didn't negate my salvation. A burden was lifted off my shoulders. I fully put my faith in Christ that Sunday afternoon, and though I'm not perfect...He is. I am still a work in progress. Sometimes my spiritual walk feels like the old saying...two steps forward, one step back. But, he is faithful and is doing a work in my life...transforming the old into new. So, today I am thankful that Jesus died for my sins and conquered death when he rose again. I am thankful that all I need is simple faith. I am thankful that he continues to renew me each and every day. I am thankful that my eternity is sure.