This Past Sunday’s Message – Birthday Reflections
Last week, I had my sermon prepared… until, Friday night. I was driving about 9:30 and I began to think about my birthday that was approaching in just over 2 hours. There was a song on the radio that encouraged reflection so, my mind began to wander. As it did, I began to reflect and think about things I’m thankful for.
Socrates once said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Have you examined your life lately? As I examined mine, a couple of thoughts came to mind…
I. I am thankful for a Savior who died for me.
John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Jesus died for me and for us. I am very thankful for that.
II. I am thankful for a Lord who called me.
Years ago the prophet Amos said “I am not a prophet for the son of a prophet; but a herdsman and gatherer of sycamore figs” (Amos 7:14) That verse is a good description of me but, the Lord called me and I’m humbled and thankful.
III. I am thankful for a family who loves me.
Family has always been very special to me. I am thankful for my family heritage and my immediate family.
IV. I am thankful for friends who encourage me.
Over 30+ years of ministry, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some great people. I appreciate their friendship, words of encouragement and advice.
V. I am thankful for a church to serve.
I have been interim Pastor of FBC Emerson since the first of November in 2011. I am very thankful for this opportunity.
I found the following poem several years ago in a book by John Maxwell. It is taped inside my Bible;