Thankful for: Salvation (A Weekday Paragraph, 1 of 6)

A Weekday Paragraph is a short scripture and a short paragraph (or two or three . . .LOL) of how it applies to my life. This is written by a Christian who is growing in her relationship with Jesus, for other growing Christians. Please be encouraged, challenged or both . . . and feel free to comment or reply.

Life sometimes feels disorganized. There is still always something to be thankful for.

John 3:16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

I could not write a series on what I’m thankful for without getting back to the basics, the start. Jesus choose to die for sinners, including me. That allowed me, as a Grade 5 student, to sign the back of the New Testament the Gideons handed out to school children that was a prayer for salvation. It allowed me to accept his mercy at a greater level when I met with a Youth for Christ worker when I was in Grade 12. He gave me the strength to testify at a Campus Life meeting – watch when you say “Lord, I’ll testify if the lights flicker” — because the lights might do just that!

God has promised that those who believe in him will not perish and I haven’t. He was with me through college and is with me as in my working life. Sometimes my working life was not easy — It included stress leave at one point – but I did not perish. I remember a customer encouraging me at such an opportune time, that I wondered if he was an angel. He was with me through years of singleness. He is with me in my marriage (which happened in my late 40s by the way). He was with my when I lost my Dad, and years later, when I lost my Mom. He continues to be with me as I live my life, which includes a serving in my local church.

Jesus has been with me throughout my life. And I don’t have to fear death because he came to give me everlasting life.

copyright: K Carswell, 2020

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, Copyright 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by Permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible, Holman CSB and HCSB are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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