When we look at life and see the reality of how we have lived, some of us may look back and not be so proud of what we have done. Regardless of whether there was addiction or other circumstances involved, our poor choices caused a lot of pain and chaos in the lives of those who knew us.
Sometimes I admit I just cringe at how stupidly I acted in my younger days, even though I seemed to always find a convenient excuse for my actions. Once my life turned the corner into the direction of our Lord, my behavior changed but sometimes the old nature took over. It has been a realization that has been painful to face, knowing that the debris of my past left scars on those I loved.
But by constantly seeking the will of God, seeking forgiveness and understanding grace, my knowledge of what Thanksgiving means, both the day and the word has been transformational. Just being on this planet earth is a blessing now, and there is so much to be thankful for, most importantly that the blood of Jesus has covered my sins.
Though this has been a difficult year, there is so much to be thankful for. The ATB ministry has not missed a beat and a mighty group of leaders has now emerged to carry it on. My family has become much closer, even through tragedy, and we remain committed to loving each other better than we have before. My job, and the people I work with are awesome and this new area is a wonderful place to live in. I have new grandchildren and new friends.
But probably the most thankful I am is toward the people and mentors who have given me the spiritual training, love and encouragement which has led me to a greater faith. When you are tested under fire, you find out where you stand and you look back and see so much compassion and genuine concern for your soul that you know God has sent those folks to help put you on the right path.
Yes, thank you Jesus for so many blessings, and at this Thanksgiving I can assure you I will be thankful for you all!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.