Ok, so in high school – I was not one of the cool kids. I wasn’t an outcast, but I wasn’t part of the “in” crowd and I was ok with that. As a teenager at church – I wasn’t part of the “in” crowd either. Again, I wasn’t an outcast–we all knew each other and got along well, but if the cool kids threw a party I usually didn’t make the list. And I was ok with it…here’s the fact of the matter: I’m kinda dork…I used to play role playing games, I love StarWars, and on a Friday night I was just as happy to play some BattleTech as I was to hang out and do nothing.
So why the confession? Am I looking for sympathy? Not at all. I’m actually content with who I am. I still love StarWars, I still play video games, I still watch Muppet Movies periodically, I can carry on an intelligent conversation about any of the Star Trek series…in a lot of ways I’m still dorky. And I’m still ok with that.
The reason for the confession is that I was reflecting on the blessings that God has put into my life. And as I sat down at my desk last week, I was overwhelmed with how faithful God is and how much he has blessed me. I have a great wife, I have a great job, my boss is awesome, I’m able to pursue a Master’s Degree, my family loves each other…I could go on and on about the great blessings that God has given me.
Lamentations 3:22-24 in The Message says: “God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”
His mercies are new everyday and I don’t want to ever forget that, neither do I want to think it’s because of me…so I keep reminding myself that I’m essentially a dork. I always want to remember that I am where I am because of who God is…
How about you? Do you count your blessings and give God the glory for all the great things that have happened in your life because of who he is?