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Turkey Day Musing

Turkey With tomorrow being Thanksgiving (everyday is supposed to be thanksgiving day, right?) my heart and mind have been thinking about all that I am thankful for today. Things such as:

  • My family. Sometimes I just think to myself, "what did I do to deserve this?" and I immediately remember that I've done nothing; grace. God blessed me with a wonderful wife that He has used so greatly in my life to lead me to Him – it's hard for me to imagine my journey to Jesus without Keyna's influence with me. Our marriage is a gift from God and reminds me often of His love for me. My kids are another gift that I treasure – the opportunity to raise Madison and Matt, to teach them about life and love and to point them towards Jesus.
  • Friends. God has placed so many people in my life who bring me joy. The relationships that have been formed through faith are absolutely amazing. Those of you who are closest to me, the one's who really know me, love me and do life with me – I am so thankful for you.
  • My journey. The past 18 months have been eye-opening to say the least. From the place where Keyna, Donnie, Karen and I decided to seriously pray about this crazy dream to start a church dedicated to helping people who don't like church meet Jesus to today I have been on the mountain top, in the valley and everywhere in between. I am thankful; for the hurting, the tears, the prayers, the fasting, the pain, the joys… for all of it I give thanks because it all brought us to today.
  • My lead team. Hard to believe God brought the four of us together. Who does this? How many times do you hear of 4 pastors giving up their church, their jobs, THEIR PLANS and laying it all on the line? We didn't have jobs, we didn't have money, we didn't have a building or any of the other things a church needs to start. All we had was a dream… and we were willing to give it all up to see it happen. We're almost there. Donnie, Joey and Brandon – you guys are the dream team and I am blown away by your talent, heart and effort. Most of all I love that you love Jesus above all.
  • The Vertical Launch Team. It's hard to believe so many of you believed in us enough to even pray to see if God wanted you to be a part of Vertical Church. Your belief, time, sacrifice, giving and support is absolutely inspiring! You are an amazing group of people and God is preparing you all for greatness.
  • Milestones. God speaking the same thing to Donnie and I through fasting: Milestone. Telling Pastor Dennis I was planting in June 2009: Milestone. God closing the door at HP: Milestone. There have been so many in my life that have brought us to today: deciding on a name, announcing my resignation, officially becoming a church, having our 1st service, securing our location. Every Milestone brings confirmation – confirmation reminds of God's calling upon our lives.
  • My current job. First, let me say I am thankful that I feel like the Lord has given me an opportunity to help people and make a difference. Another thing about having the privilege of working back in the public sector is that it has been a blessing. I feel as though God put me back in this environment on purpose – as a reminder of who I'm called to; as preparation for the future and to make a difference here in the now. I love the people I'm working with and am seeing more and more spiritual purpose growing there for me daily. 
  • My Calling. I am so thankful for the fact that I know what God has called me to do. I don't in any way doubt God's calling on my life. When times get tough and I get tired or feel like I'm treading too close to burnout His calling on my life strengthens me and helps me to hold on (and fall upon my knees seeking Him).
  • Above all, I am thankful for Jesus. I'm thankful for His sacrifice in spite of my shortcomings and failures. I'm thankful that His love is not my love, I'm thankful that He offers grace to such a unworthy sinner such as I.  I'm thankful for His Word that speaks meaning into my life and I'm thankful for the love He has given me for that word. I'm thankful that I know, I KNOW THAT I KNOW that the eternity that HE has promised lies before me is greater than anything this world has to offer. 

By the way, I actually wrote that last one 1st and then wrote the rest of them. Happy Thanksgiving to you all – I am so very thankful for the opportunity you offer me to speak into your life. 

What about you? Wanna share your thankful thoughts with the rest of us?

One Comment on "Turkey Day Musing"

  1. I am thankful you and the lead team followed the leading of the Holy Spirit to make Vertical happen.Had it not been for your obedience in that, your vision that was cast could not have created the ministry opportunities for all of us. Jesus has given you the ability to set a pattern unlike any other around us for us to form one the greatest tools to win souls for Him. I think this is and will continue to be one of the most challenging yet amazing thing that will ever happen in my Christian walk. For that I am so very thankful for. I am thankful for a God who is unchanging but allows us to be unique in the way we give and show people His message. I cannot WAIT to do this with all of you on a week to week basis. This journey is gonna ROCK and I thank you JESUS! Love you Mike P.!

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