Written By Eddie Vines

Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17

At this time of year, we reflect on the numerous blessings that God has bestowed upon us as individuals and as a nation. As we look around, most of us can find many things for which to be grateful such as our health, our family, friends, jobs, clothing, food and shelter.

Although there are people in the United States who do not have these basic necessities, they are small in number compared to most of the world. Just last week I returned from my second visit to the country of India. There is no adequate way to describe the hunger, filth, poverty, and disease that millions of Indians endure on a daily basis. A major reason for these dismal circumstances is that Hinduism, the majority religion there, perpetuates the idea that these poor souls are simply stuck in a Karmic cycle. In countries that were founded upon basic Judeo-Christian principles, the idea that people are unique and specially imprinted with the image of God encourages creativity and innovation.

In the United States we enjoy a thriving free enterprise system, world class healthcare, and civil liberties that are the envy of the world. But for those of us who are Christians the greatest thing we have to be thankful for is the gift of salvation that Jesus paid for when he offered himself as a sacrifice for our sins.

This week as we ponder life’s blessings let us not forget the eternal life each and every one of us are offered by our creator.