The Best of Friends
2000 by Natalie Pappas

Well, it is the day before thanksgiving, the pies are in the oven and I'm sitting here counting all the ways in which God has greatly blessed my life. I have SO much to be thankful for!

I have been blessed with the greatest of friends: Jesus Christ. He is the sole provider of every breath I take, the source of all my joy. He carries my burdens and grants me strength to live each day anew in Him. Since I have known Him, every part of my life has changed. I look at things differently than I ever have before.

I know regardless of the trials I will endure, I will emerge a victor, not because of who I am, but who He is. The hardships I face, I do not face alone, because He is always with me.

Believing in Him is not about believing in myself, because I am absolutely helpless to help myself. I know better my weaknesses better than anyone and He knows my weaknesses better than I do. This is why I can trust Him. In the past, He has never allowed me to go through a trial that I was not able to withstand. Not only that, He will always provide me with a getaway route.

He knows my deepest thoughts. Those thoughts that stray away from Him He deals with slowly and gently. In His perfect mercy, He changes me from the inside until I conform to Him in both thought and in action. He has so much good to work into me, but He is not impatient with me, because love is patient and kind, and God is, afterall, love.

Understand this: my faith is not about me, but about Him, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do in the future. It is the same with all who are His, though faith in Jesus Christ, our perfect Savior, our eternal friend is worthy of our trust. Through His selfless love, He made all who believe in Him children of the living God. When He died on the cross for your sins and for my sins, it wasn't just a meaningless event. If it was, He couldn't have come back alive from the dead. He proved to us what no one else can ever prove: only He is worthy of our belief.

So I am thankful this year to Jesus Christ, for His unfailing love and for His gift of everlasting life. Faith has to have an object, if not, why bother? My faith is in Jesus Christ. He is my best friend. It is my prayer that He is yours as well.