in, Self-Improvement

Dear God,

Tonight, I want to thank you for a few things that I may be taking for granted.  I want to thank you for a few things that I usually forget to praise you for.  If I would have awaken today with only the things I thanked you for yesterday, I’d be a poor man, lost and alone.

I want to thank you, Lord, for you.  I’m constantly failing at becoming more like you, as you have asked me to be.  Many times, I feel like a fraud, a fake or in the very least, a diluted Christian.  I struggle daily to spend time with you and to make you a priority in my life, as you have made me in yours.  Tonight, I was reminded of the sacrifice you made in order that I could have life and live it abundantly in you.  I find myself celebrating our nation’s heroes with my patriotism, but somehow forget to remember your ultimate sacrifice in the greatest war of all time.  For this, and for my sin, I’m truly sorry.

Lord, I want to thank you for my family.  My parents have worked hard to raise me according to your commandments, and as you promised them, I have not strayed far from them.  My siblings appear to be a blessing in disguise, sometimes, as they know how to push my buttons.  However, at the end of the day, I wouldn’t have picked anyone else in the world to take their place.  I’m thankful for my grandparents, who chose to raise their kids in a way that gave them a desire to serve a God who brought my parents together.  As for the rest of my family, cousins, aunt, uncles, and of course, the greats — things wouldn’t be the same without them, and we’re reminded of this from time to time when one of them passes to eternity.

Lord, I want to thank you for my friends — the good ones and the not-so-good ones.  If you had not placed them in my path, and I in theirs, then we would not have the mutual benefit of learning from each others mistakes.

Lord, I want to thank you for my home.  I thank you for always supplying my needs, even the ones that you have me work harder for.  I’ve never gone hungry, and I’ve always had a roof to sleep under, if I choose to.  For the times, I choose not to sleep under a roof, thank you for not letting the animals eat me.  It’s always nice to wake up with the same number of limbs that I went to sleep with.

Lord, I thank you for my church family.  There have been many changes in the last eighteen months in my group of friends, and without them I wouldn’t have the same opportunity for growth that I have now.  I’m thankful for the things I learned and memories made in the past, and I’m happy to be moving forward.  I look forward to continuing to serve the body of Christ.

Lord, I am so glad for a place to work.  Please help me to appreciate the good things and focus on helping others and please help me to deal with the problems in a way that would honor you.  I’m afraid this has been my biggest failure lately.  You know my heart, I wish my coworkers could see you in it, too.  Help me.

Lord, I hope you don’t mind me sharing this prayer with others.  Our relationship is special, and we talk about things that no one else knows about.  I like it that way.  Please help this prayer to be a blessing to someone and help all who read it to remember you and to know your love for them.

Thank you, God.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.