Good, Gracious, and Faithful (and McDonald’s)

April 23, 2009

This year my Resident Director (Ona) and myself have developped a habit of eating breakfast at McDonald’s. (Sidebar. The Southern Style Chicken Biscuit is one of the most delectable things you have ever had for breakfast. Wash it down with a small parfait, and wow, your day is off to a good start. End Sidebar.) This morning, we ate there and reflected over the last four years. We tried to name every guy from every wing I’d ever lived on (and came pretty close, too!) We also discussed the future a bit by working through the dorm staff for next year.

When we got back to the dorm, I sat down with my Bible and journals. While looking at journal entries from the past couple Aprils, great memories began to fill my mind from all four years of college. Fun times. Spiritual lessons. Ministry opportunities. Relationships. Hard times. Tough lessons. All these things flooded my thoughts, and as they did I was just overwhelmed. Here were a few conclusions:

-I am very thankful for God’s goodness, grace, and faithfulness over the past four years. As I look back over the last four years, I’m really speechless. The Lord has been very kind to me even though I do not deserve it. He has blessed my time at TMC more than I could have imagined.

-More than just being thankful that God has demonstrated goodness, grace, and faithfulness to me over the last four years, I need to worship God because he is eternally good, gracious, and faithful! As is true in all areas of life, we should never just be thankful for what gives us, but also we should worship God becaue of his characteristics that have been displayed. He does not just do good things–he is good.

-As I look forward to the future, I should expect God to continue to be good, gracious, and faithful–even if all my plans for the future collapse tomorrow. God’s faithfulness is faith inspiring. Not only should it give me peace about the future; it should also inspire radical acts of faith.

McDonald’s and meditation…not a bad way to start the day.

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