Being Thankful…

Being Thankful…

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service” (1 Timothy 1:12).

I marvel at the heart posture of Saint Paul when writing a letter to young Timothy who is in need of guidance as he leads and pastors a new church. At times, Paul can sound so joyful that he might lead the reader into thinking that he is on a mini-vacation or a sabbatical somewhere. But, to our dismay we know that he is not on a vacation, but in prison, being persecuted and pressed from all sides for his faith in Jesus Christ. Paul is driven and in this text we witness what he is willing to “do” when holding his ground as he ministers the Word of God–fearlessly. It’s hard not to gaze at this text and think about Paul’s daily surroundings, for he is not being encouraged, uplifted, or poured into as many of us would need to be in a time such as this. So, I don’t think anyone would fault him if he decided to complain or just scream out in agony for all he had gone through, is going through and what he will ultimately go through defending God’s namesake. At times of trial many can forget to be grateful or thankful that we’ve survived for so very long–with a sound mind.  This scripture, when left in its context, illuminates such radiance and unmistakable beauty, because in the eye of the storm Paul draws strength from the One who can only provide it– our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Paul reminds all who believe that we should be thankful that the sweet Lord considers us too as His faithful little children when walking out what He has called us to do, in the season we are in. On this Thanksgiving weekend, there are many who feel pressed from all sides just like Paul. Perhaps every-way you’ve turned or re-positioned your body the space your forced to dwell in feels tight, crowded, and smothering much like the prison Paul finds himself in daily. Don’t lose focus, but draw hope, joy, and strength from the Lord. Why? Because He has called you just like He has called Paul. He will see you through it all so, rejoice and be glad this Thanksgiving weekend, because you have come so far in your journey and God will strengthen through each and every step.

To God Be the Glory…

D. C. Lassiter About D. C. Lassiter

D. C. Lassiter is host of the Dovetales radio show and author of Beyond the Face of the Movies, a non-fiction, Christian Living book. You can find D.C. Lassiter on her online blog and on Facebook page.

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  1. Hi, DC,
    I recently read a novel about Paul, written my Kathryn Maddox Haddad (I think I spelled that right) – the book’s title is “Paul, the Unstoppable,” one of a series she’s written/writing. She has others about Titus and Luke, and a few others I can’t think of right now.
    This one was a hard read, NOT because it was badly written, but because it went into a great deal of details on Paul’s journeys, beatings, scourgings, imprisonments, and in many places seemed repetitive—and it’s LONG—but I found it fascinating as all of Paul’s friends/companions are brought into the story. A few times I stopped reading to reach for my Bible to orient myself. Overall, though, I enjoyed the book.

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