“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” James 2:1-4 NIV
‘For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ‘
‘Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. ‘
Today I am grateful for all the people in my life who care for me. I am very lucky to have a loving family, excellent parents, and many close friends. I know that this gives me a distinct advantage every day.
‘Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. ‘
Today I am grateful for quiet time alone. Some days there is just nothing better than a little quiet time alone to read a good book, listen to some music, and relax.
‘Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind? ‘
‘I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ‘
Today I am grateful for warm socks. There is just nothing better than a pair of warm socks on a cold and rainy day. Warm feet are essential to success.
‘My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. ‘
Today I am grateful for the wonderful opportunity I have to teach others. My students are awesome, the course material is interesting and engaging, and I am finding new and exciting ways to bring the material current and make it even better. Teaching is the thing I have been looking for in my life for some time and all I want to do is be great at it.
‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
Today I am grateful for homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. My wife makes the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in the world. Seriously, without a doubt the best. Amazing when warm and right out of the oven, but equally awesome with a nice hot cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk. There is just nothing better.
‘Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” ‘
Today I am grateful for my family. This weekend, I got to spend time with all of my family. As my kids get older they are around less and less. I have one off at college, one headed to the military in a few months, and a couple others that are growing up far too quickly. Any weekend that I get to spend time with all of them is a great weekend. For my family, I am grateful.
’ I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ‘
Today, I am grateful for self-discipline. Having self-discipline allows me to have the proper mindset every day to not only do the easy things but also tackle the unpleasant and difficult tasks as well. This mindset ensures that I am always moving forward, checking things off my list, and improving myself daily. While weakness occasionally rears its ugly head, self-discipline helps get me back on track and moving in the right direction again. For having self-discipline, I am grateful.
‘I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. ‘
‘And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” ‘
‘And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. ‘
2 Corinthians 9:8 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/2CO.9.8
Today, I am grateful for my home gym. Six months before covid hit in the spring of 2020, I decided that I wanted to build out a home gym for weightlifting and cardio. I had plenty of space in my unfinshed basement and I got started with a squat rack, barbell, and an assortment of free weights. Later, in the middle of the COVID crisis, I ordered a Concept 2 rower, a couple of gymnastics mats, and I have picked up various other items along the way. I use my home gym nearly every day and I am in far better shape today than I was 18 months ago. For my home gym, I am grateful.
‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’
2 Timothy 3:16-17 my.bible.com/bible/111…
Today, I am grateful for a clean house. We spent much of the day cleaning. Cleaning upstairs, downstairs, all-over. Things got mopped, vaccumed, and swept. My fitness center in the basement got a much needed and long delayed reconfiguration and cleaning that made it much more useable and better. For a clean house, I am grateful.
‘We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” ‘
2 Corinthians 10:5