I went running today for the first time in over two weeks after I tweaked my knee. I felt great. My knee felt great. And I found out that I’m not the world’s slowest runner after all. There’s at least one person out there slower than me, and I know because I passed her.
But then I got to thinking. What if my knee had been messed up to the point where I couldn’t ever run again? Would I still be thankful?
Or what if I lost my health? Would I still be able to wake up in the morning with gratitude for another day of being alive?
What if I lost my friends and family? Would I still be able to worship with a sincere heart and sing about the goodness of God?
What if God took away from me everything and everyone that I daily take for granted? What and who would I have left? Would I have anything at all left?
Would I still be able to praise Jesus for saving me if he never did one more thing for me?
Could I live a life of thanksgiving to my God for who he is if I never saw another visible sign of his presence?
Is God and God alone truly enough for me?
I wish I could say yes, but I find myself leaning on other crutches when I get tired or stressed or upset. I find myself thinking more about other things and people than about God. Sometimes God feels like a last resort after all my other planning has failed.
The truth I need to remember today (and maybe you do, too) is that God is the only one able to save me. He’s the only one strong enough to hold my life together and to hold me when I’m falling to pieces. He’s the only absolute constant that I can count on who won’t ever leave or forsake me.
So all of this to say that I need to be more thankful for what and who I have in my life. I need to remember where it all comes from, too.
I’m thankful most of all that God is still working on me, making me a better man, son, brother, friend, husband (possibly one day), father (also possibly one day), friend, and follower of Jesus.