We were able to make it to Bible study (and the kids to their respective church doings) tonight because, praise the Lord, our van is not broke down - at the moment, that is.
I had such a great encouraging evening that it lifted my spirits quite a bit. It is simply amazing how much taking that effort to be with other believers to study the word of God does for us. We are still studying the parables and this week's was the Pharisee and the tax collector. This is the one in which the Pharisee makes a big show of himself by praying loudly, raising his arms high, about what a righteous man he is. He even says, "Thank God I am not like that lowly tax collector!"
The tax collector, though, humbles himself and prays for forgiveness. He knows that he is not even worthy enough to look at God, yet Jesus says that man is more righteous than the Pharisee who has kept every letter of the law.
I love this parable because it is a great reminder to me to keep in mind always that I can easily become puffed up and thinking that I know more, do more, am more righteous than someone else.
So....I am thankful this week for the Bible. Where would I be without my road map of life? I think I could very well be off on another path that leads where I really don't want to end up.
I am also thankful for:
- food on the table
- a great church
- a warm house
- the health and ability to care for my family
- the internet - yes, the internet - because it keeps me connected to family and friends I would otherwise have a difficult time reaching