No Greater Joy

Can you believe it’s December.  It seemed like only a week ago when were celebrating Thanksgiving turkey–I’m sorry, we were.  It’s December 1 and we only have a few weeks before we are celebrating the Lord’s birth.

I bring up Thanksgiving because something happened over the weekend that caused me to be truly thankful.  Thanksgiving day was a special day of celebrating what we are thankful for.  It was a great day of cooking and baking and taking time to play games with the whole family, but that’s not the event that gave me cause for being the most thankful.

What happened on Sunday of that weekend is what caught my thoughts and mind.  I was sitting in church–the front row as I usually do and I happened to look to my right where my three children were sitting.  All of them have made a commitment to follow the Lord and a verse came to mind as I was looking down the row.   “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”I John 3:14  NO GREATER JOY.  This doesn’t mean that my children are perfect.  Far from it.  It doesn’t mean that they are angels.  They are not.  It doesn’t mean they don’t make mistakes.  They do.  It doesn’t mean that they have been walking in the truth all of their lives.  They haven’t.  What it does mean is that with all of their flaws and mistakes, they are seeking to walk with the Lord and that brings me great joy.


On this journey we need to celebrate the victories in the process of this life journey. Their commitment to the process of walking with the Lord has stopped me to reflect of how thankful I am for their lives.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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