5 Things a Christian Should be Thankful for this Year

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2020 is likely the year you did not plan for. However, 2020 does not catch God by surprise. In fact, this year is part of His plan to unite us closer to Him. The Holy Spirit is moving and drawing people closer to Him like never before. I pray He is doing the same for you! 

This year has been filled with COVID-19, cancelled vacations, limited sports, and churches venturing into uncharted waters. The year may have you wondering if there is anything worth being thankful for this year. Despite the world’s current situation, our position as Christians is the same. You may not feel as thankful this year, but here are five reasons and reminders of why your heart should bleed thanksgiving.

1. THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL

The Gospel has the power to save lives (Romans 1:16). 2020 has not put a stop to lives being transformed. With nowhere else to turn, many are running to the free gift of the Gospel. 

2. THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH

Quarantine, mask mandates, and whatever else 2020 throws at us has no hold over the mission of the church. We are called to share the Gospel with the ends of the earth. Our methods may change a bit as we utilize technology more, but our mission remains the same.

3. THE EQUIPPING POWER OF THE SPIRIT

We do not live this life on our own if we are believers in Christ. Praise God that we were left with the Holy Spirit to guide us and direct us. The Spirit is able to carry us through these uncharted waters  

4. THE DAILY DOSE OF FORGIVENESS

Many people are struggling with various life issues this year. Struggle can often lead to sin in our life. Praise God that He forgives us of our sins. 

5. THE PROMISE OF A BRIGHTER DAY

2020 is not the end of the game. We live in a broken and fallen world. This year continues to prove that this is not our home. Be thankful that there is hope in Jesus. A new day and new earth await. 

Despite our circumstances, we can always be thankful. New life in Christ places a new perspective on life! Rest in Christ this holiday season and trust in His promises. If there is anything worth our thanksgiving, it is Jesus and His saving work in our lives! 


Written by Justin Beville. Justin has been married to Amanda Beville for over six years and has one son named Luke and twin boys, Tucker and Turner! He received his Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies with a minor in Student Ministry from the College at Southeastern. Justin went on to complete his Advanced MDiv. at Southeastern. He currently serves as the Pastor of Students and Outreach at Kingsland Baptist Church. Like this article? Read more from Justin here!

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