Like a Turkey in an Ever-Warming Pot

I have a love/hate relationship with a lot of things, but Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to remind me . . . of them all. Some holiday seasons, it seems that every little family vacation moment boils my sinful self-love and my self-directing desires.

At the same time, what could be more enjoyable than being with the people you love for four days of family fun, making memories as wide as the Thanksgiving spread? Yet I find my soul is less nourished by family time than by God’s Word. I badly need the Word of God to rejoice my despairing heart, revive my dead soul, and make my simple mind wise (Psalm 19).

As God revives and wizens my mind, I’m slowly realizing that I’m the worst sinner in the room. I’m the source of all my failures to love others. I’m the source of all my holiday problems.

But praise be to God that He is taking me and killing my evil self-love because I am with Jesus, following on His path of pain, suffering, death, and resurrection. So, this Thanksgiving, God is slowly refining me. Or boiling me, like a turkey in an ever-warming pot.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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