Too Chicken To Say Thanks

Eric Baumann  —  November 21, 2011 — 5 Comments

Okay, I admit it. Yesterday during church, the speaker gave a great message to start off the Thanksgiving holiday right, and I “chickened out” during the response time. Maybe it’s because we are new and I am still getting my feet wet, but I decided I would share my response to this message with you guys instead. We read a great passage out of Psalm, which I am sad to say I forgot what exact passage it was…BUT the message stuck, and I memorized half of the whole chapter…it is simply, “His [God’s] love endures forever” no matter what.

At the end, we were asked to fill in the blank to these 3 statements…

  1. God, thanks for rescuing me from __________________.
  2. God, thanks for redeeming me for __________________.
  3. God, thanks for restoring me to ____________________.

I thought for moment and then was interrupted from my reflection as the speaker then asked if there was anyone in the auditorium that was willing to stand up and share one of their statements with the community. I was amazed as numerous people, all different in age, sex and background stood and shared what they were…well…thankful for. It was confirmed in my heart that my family and I have found a great community of Christ followers that celebrate life-change and live out an authentic, transparent faith. I wanted to jump up and share my thoughts with our new “church home”, but I restrained myself…for some reason. BUT I was eager to sit down and share them with my online community…

  1. God, thanks for rescuing me from MYSELF.
  2. God, thanks for redeeming me for YOUR PURPOSES.
  3. God, thanks for restoring me to MY FAMILY.

Now you can read into these answers all you want, and conclude many different things right now about my life…maybe that’s why I didn’t respond at church yesterday…too chicken of what others might think. BUT thats okay, because you’re probably wrong. The one thing you can be assured of though, is that I thank God everyday…well starting yesterday at least…for the life He has rescued me from, in order to fulfill His purposes for the sake of my family and His kingdom.

So, what about you? What are you thankful for? What would your answers be to these statements? 

Eric Baumann

Posts Twitter Facebook

5 responses to Too Chicken To Say Thanks

  1. Hello! I realize this is kind of off-topic however I needed to ask. Does operating a well-established website like yours require a massive amount work? I am completely new to blogging but I do write in my diary every day. I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for new aspiring blog owners. Appreciate it!
    Airplane simulator games

  2. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers! cpanel web hosting | cpanel hosting |

Trackbacks and Pingbacks:

  1. Do You Like What You See? | My:Digital:Pastor - December 28, 2011

    […] new year is almost upon us and another chapter has been written in history. When you look back and reflect on your life, what do you see? What emotions stir in your heart when you think of the choices you made…or […]

Leave a Reply

Text formatting is available via select HTML.

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> 

*