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I am Grateful

Updated: Nov 28, 2022

Every now and then I’ll reflect. Reflect on my day, reflect on my week, reflect on highlights and sometimes even low lights (times when I wasn’t at my best). I’ll pause to think about what has happened in my life thus far. Why? Well, reflection is a process of thinking and examining ourselves, our perspectives, our attributes, our experiences, our actions and our interactions. It helps us gain insight into our past in order to take action for a better future. Yesterday can’t be my best day, you get me? But if I’m being honest, there is also something just refreshing and peaceful and enjoyable about reflecting on something great that happened – whether it was an accomplishment on my end or something someone did for me.


As we celebrate Thanksgiving, reflect. Think about all the good little things that actually needed to happen for you to be where you are reading this… and then all the good little things that needed to happen to make those good little things happen… I know, your brain feels like it’s going to explode because of all the goodness. A lot of good things had to be done. We often celebrate and reflect on the things that have been done and the things we can do, but how often do we celebrate and reflect about who we are?


One of my favorite verses in the Bible reads “But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.” (Luke 10:20, NLT). For some brief context, at this moment, Jesus’ friends are joyfully returning after exercising the authority and power given to them – rejoicing over what they have done and can now do in Jesus’ name. It is here when Jesus essentially tells them, guys, be happy about who you are, rejoice that your name is written in heaven! See, this is important because when you are registered somewhere, you can take on another identity. You take on additional attributes. For example, when I registered for courses to obtain my undergraduate degree, I became a student of that specific university. When our names are registered in heaven, we are children of God! Jesus is saying be grateful that you are to be children of God. Be grateful that your name is registered in heaven and that you are not just {insert your name here} – but you are {insert your name here, again} a child of God. A child of a good Father who does good things.


God is often more interested in who we are and continue to become rather than what we can do. We see an example of this when he announces after Jesus is baptized in Matthew 3:17 “…This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” This statement comes before Jesus has completed anything that we would likely consider formal ministry. He’s literally just being God’s son, and God is pleased with him. I’m grateful that I’m saved. I’m grateful that God just loves me. I’m grateful that I have hope beyond any grave. I’m grateful to be called a son of God. I’m grateful that my name is recorded in heaven and that I’m saved.


The Bible says in Romans 10:9 that “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”


If you haven’t already given your life to Jesus and you know you want to, go ahead and do it now, it’s really that simple. I thank God for the things I can do, but I’m eternally grateful for who I am in Jesus Christ. Will you accept Jesus into your heart and become a child of God today?


Bless, Asher Plange.

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