Here we go again with another “Five Minute Friday” post! To learn more about “Five Minute Friday” (FMF), check out the linked image here. Basically, each week there’s a word given for you to write about. You start writing, no back-tracking, editing, etc. At the end of 5 minutes, you stop. Then you post it, and share in the community of words that were birthed during these 24-ish hours. It’s cool stuff.
So here’s this week’s response to the word: “Thank You”
I posted a lot of my thoughts on “thankfulness” earlier this week already, but seeing the phrase always brings something new to mind. I remember singing “Thank You, Lord” in a worship band back in college, and every time we sang it – there seemed to be something new brought to mind. So many times, it was something about the girl I was dating at the time (now my wife).
But because it was during a “traveling worship band” season, often it had to do with the ministry I was allowed/called to do. Seeing the lives of teenagers during some very “open to God” moments. Being a part of what I knew would be “life changing moments”, simply because I still remembered those moments from my own teenage years. Trying not to think about that one or two teenagers in the back of the audience whom I knew really needed to internalize their thankfulness for God – knowing it had the potential to change their lives.
I’m thankful that I’m not in control of changing lives.
I can live my life in such a way that fosters the environment for a changed life. But in ministry, in my personal life, in my family – the burden does not lay across my back to bring transformation. As awesome as Dr.Leman is, even “Having a New Child By Friday” is no guarantee of the Fruit of the Spirit. Thankfully – we trust God for something like that. It used to be campers….and now when I sing – “Thank You, Lord”…it’s my own children….
Whew. I’m also thankful for these “Five Minute Fridays”. I never know where they’ll lead…but it usually tastes good…
So how has God transformed your thankfulness over the past decade?