>Alphabetical Thanksgiving

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Sometimes, while riding the bike or jogging, I just run through the alphabet thanking the Lord for things or people…surely not a sanctified thing, but just an exercise that helps me to “in everything give thanks…” Thought I’d close out the thanksgiving holiday by typing:
A – Aaron Dolan; an old-school Youth For Christ club sponsor and bus driver who has been used of God to introduce hundreds to the Savior. Aaron now resides in the Cameron, Mo Veteran’s home
B – My brother, Bob, who is still outside the family of God, but being prayed for!
C – Chinese food!
D – Duty. A simple, but loaded word. Sometimes I do things out of duty, and that is okay.
E – Enthusiasm. Or, better, enthusiastic people that are contagious.
F – Faith. I’ll let wise theologians argue about faith; I’m simply thankful the Lord has given me a measure.
G – God in His Triune Being; truly awe – some
H – Howard Hendricks; an author who continues to impact me
I – Ice, to crunch.
J – Jesus, Jane, Josiah, Joel, Janelle, Jacob
K – Knowledge…though I have not much, I desire to “grow in the grace AND knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”
L – Love…in both noun and verb form
M – Marsupials
N – Non-negotiables. Thankful God has given me some…and that they are so few in comparison to most people
O – Oxymorons
P – Priorities, and the desire to discern proper, Biblical priorities as opposed to trendy “Christian” priorities; both in positive and negative sense
Q – Quizzing, as in Bible quizzing. After three decades of watching teenagers participate, still incredibly impressed by both the competition and the ministry
R – Reading, the ability and desire to so do in a wide variety of subjects
S – Salvation, and the increasingly firm conviction that, in its entirety, “salvation is of the Lord”
T – Truth…that, contrary to cultural “thinking,” there is such a thing; and that it trumps trendy “Christianity”
U – Utility infielders…and the reminder that I desire to be a “utility Christian”
V – Vision. Even when it’s cloudy; physically (since my July eye injury) or cloudy as related to the future (as in now)
W – The opportunity to “Wait on the Lord,” both as in “waiting” for a period of time, and “waiting” as in serving
X – X-rays; and the reminder that only God knows the intentions of the hearts
Y – youthful thinking, and that it is not only for young people
Z – Zoos – just to be reminded at the awesome work of the Creator

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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