Thank You Father…
First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” There aren’t very many days where I don’t praise God for some very important decisions that have been made by others on my behalf.
My life could be so different than it actually is if not for decisions my mother made for her children while we were growing up in the small town of Pageton, West Virginia. Yes, for those who didn’t know, I am a West Virginia Hillbilly! My mother made sure that all her children were in church every single Sunday. I can still remember getting pins in Sunday School for perfect attendance at the small hillside Methodist Church that was in waking distance from our home. My mother made this decision which impacted my life eternally. I accepted Jesus as my personal savior at a very young age, not because of my mother making me a Christian, but because she put me in a position to hear God speak to my heart.
Romans 8:28 states we thank God for His promise that “all things will work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Although my earthy father was not a Christian, he made one of the greatest decisions that had a powerful impact on my life and the life of our family – a decision which created a generation of change. He made a decision to leave the dirty black coal mining fields of West Virginia and come to Pennsylvania so our family would have chance at a better life. We left with little more than the clothes on our backs and bought a small “farmette” where we lived as a family of seven in a two-car garage until we were able to build a larger home. We were so poor – yet rich with the blessings of God. This decision to change locations gave our family a chance at a real life, a decision which God honored.
I am careful to thank God for the things that many usually take for granted, which keeps my perspective in check when life is not as I think it should be. I realize that I could not even exist without the merciful blessings of God. I have so much to be thankful for, including a beautiful wife and daughter and son-in-law, four lovely grandchildren, and brothers and sisters who all know the Lord as their personal savior.
There are many other examples, too numerous to mention, of decisions made by others which blessed me. But the greatest decision made by someone else that has impacted my life powerfully was the one Jesus made to die on the cross. No other decision even comes close. I am so thankful every single day that God chose me to be one of his children, a servant who now wants to make an impact for the kingdom. So, just maybe, I have been put in a position to be used by God to impact others eternally with my decisions, too.