There was a phrase that I used to hear the “grown-ups” use when our families would get together that sounded like something I really wanted to achieve in my life. I’d hear them say, “That person is living on easy street”. Well as a kid I wanted to know what street that was, physically what was the name and location of that street, because I wanted our family to move there and like I said, “One day I want to live there”. As you would guess what they were describing was someone who had a lot of money, easy job, and looked like they had it made.

Fast forwarding across the years I’ve come to realize there is no such thing as “easy street”. At times life can be easy but let’s be real, life can be tough. Most of us would say it’s hard trying to raise children, keep our jobs, make ends meet, deal with brokenness physically and spiritually. Yet as we come to this time of year we hear people saying we need to be thankful.

Well where does thankfulness come from and how do we get it?

When the disciples returned from their first mission trip without Jesus they were telling Him stories of how God worked and even how the evil spirits submitted to them. Yet as Jesus listened to their stories he said something very different than what most of us would have imagined. He said, “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” Luke 10:20.

Thankfulness originates in knowing God. Jesus said men, don’t focus on what you did but on what God has done for you. Remember the old hymn, “When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed. When you are discouraged thinking all is lost, count your many blessing name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done”.

I challenge you today, and for the rest of this week, to focus on what you have and most important of all to remember that in knowing Jesus your name is written down in heaven’s book of life and you will spend forever with Him.
By the way, “Way to go Hyland Heights”!! Through your Thanksgiving bags we were able to provide some 360 families with the basics to have a Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. You are an amazing giving people.

Happy Thanksgiving and remember He’s still God and He’s still working in your life.

Pastor Carl