Thanks a Million!
Monday, March 27, 2000

   Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
    -- Romans 3:27-28, New International Version

   The words from Paul should be our thought for the day.  If we boast about our works and the way we uphold the law, then what about when we do not?  What then?
    Hear the Good News, what we have is not by our being "up to the task."  What we have is a gift.  That gift is the gift of God's presence in our life.  This gift is given to us by faith and faith alone.  Therefore, if you want to brag, brag on Sunday, at church, with all of the others that come to worship, celebrating God's activity in your life.  In fact, why not celebrate all God is doing in your life every day!

   Thank you, Father, for putting me  in a situation to succeed and to experience your good graces and blessings.  Help me to realize how blessed I am.  Moreover, help me to share Your blessings with others.  Thank you, Jesus, for re-introducing me to The Father.  Thank you, Holy Spirit, for cleansing me and making me new. Thank you, God, for your incredible grace.  In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.