Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
Thanksgiving comes from the heart
Years ago, a woman in our area suffered severe brain damage. Although paralyzed, she had a choice—fight against those prepared to combat the problem or fight with them to achieve the goal. She chose the latter, and her fight became theirs. Around the clock, volunteers worked the victim’s arms and legs in an attempt to “re-pattern” her brain to command her limbs to function.
It might seem ludicrous to think that the woman could have chosen to fight against those who came to help her. However, many people do just that in the face of one-way-out situations.
Paul remains one of the strongest examples we have of someone who fought against the only One who could help him. In Acts chapter 9, we find Saul of Tarsus, aka Paul, traveling to Damascus with the intentions of persecuting Christians there. The appearance of Jesus blinded Paul, putting him in a one-way-out situation. For three days, Jesus “re-patterned” Paul’s mind until Paul surrendered, his spirit joined the fight for Christ, and his sight was restored.
Like Paul, we have a choice to make: join Christ who is prepared to “re-pattern” us for His good purpose, or fight against Him and lose our very soul. If we choose Jesus, our fight becomes His. It takes infinite wisdom, loving patience, and never-ending perseverance for the LORD to “re-pattern” our minds to enable us to function according to His will. While He works on us, our sole duty is to fight with Him and not against Him. As we surrender our will to His, we find improvements that initiate thanksgiving.
Treasure what is valuable to God
Honor God’s laws
Abounding love for others
Nearness to God “re-patterns” our lives
Knowledge of Jesus Christ brings joy
Sincerity promotes Jesus Christ
Gratitude enables us to please God
Insight from God reveals our need for a Savior
Values change as we grow in His grace
Innocence, which was lost at the fall of man, is restored
Necessities, the absolute essentials become clearer
Genuineness accompanies our words and deeds
May our hearts be filled with thanksgiving this holiday season.
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks