November 23, 2006

From wilds leadership

Haven’t been posting very much lately, but I figured I’d tell you guys some things I’m thankful for (that is, if anyone still reads this…)

1) My health – I have been through numerous bouts with my health, and I am thankful for the long run I’ve had out of the hospital. Praise God for the ability to enjoy life, and don’t take your health for granted.

2) My family – They sacrifice much for me, and I don’t show the appreciation as much as I should.

3) My friends – You guys make life a lot more interesting

4) Bloggers – All of you guys are fantastic. Some of you do what I hope to do when I get older, and others just constantly show me differences in Christians and views in Christianity. It is a horizon-broadening experience being on the blogsphere, and I enjoy it. Thank you for your consistent, informational, witty and passionate posting. Hopefully I’ll get to meet some of you guys in person!

5) Books – Need I say more?

3 Responses to “Thankfulness”

  1. Stephen Says:

    (Stephen aka Q)

    Thanks for the positive vibes, Rob.

    Sometimes, when a group of young Christians had gathered together, I used to lead them in what I called an appreciation service. Very simple concept: say something positive about someone else in the room. We hear so many criticisms and so much bitching over every little thing! I think Christians should reverse the flow, at least occasionally … as you did here.

    I appreciate your lack of pretense and the simplicity and warmth of your faith. You put me in mind of Jesus’ remark about Nathaniel: “Here is a true Israelite, in whom is no guile.”

  2. Rob Says:

    Wow, thanks. Haha.

    About the reversing the flow thing: In the prayer gorup I run I occasionally say that you’re not allowed to mention a prayer request unless you mention a praise first. You are right that we are constantly criticizing and discontent; there is much for which we can be thankful.

    God bless ya, Stephen.

  3. Andy Says:

    I’m thankful for those things too, Rob. And I love that idea for an appreciation service. I think about that whenever someone leaves or dies. You hear about how great they were after the fact, and I always feel kind of cheated. I wish I had known how great they were before. I think people should advertise for each other like that more often, when the person is available to be known. luv1another has a thread like that on TheologyWeb from a while back.

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