“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.” - Psalm 69:30
These words resonate in my heart when it comes to the theme of thanksgiving. Magnifying God and being thankful for all of his marvelous blessings go hand in hand. For Hannah and I, our stories can be really be summed up by this Psalm. Quite simply, God has saved us, called us, and has launched us into the ministry. For these things, we should be eternally thankful. I grew up in a Christian home, a gospel-believing church, and a Christian worldview-teaching school. As I was growing up it became very easy for me to equate all of these circumstances with being a Christian. I was a good kid who obeyed his parents, went to and actively participated in church, and made good grades. Meanwhile, internally I did not have a relationship with Jesus and did not believe in a gospel that I had heard hundreds if not thousands of times. In fact, one of the ways I would characterize my heart at the time was “unthankful”.
That changed when I truly heard and embraced the gospel for the very first time in 7th grade. Trust me, I recognize the irony of how God saved me in middle school and is now calling me to minister to middle school students, but I digress. When God saved me, everything changed. I was born again. I was made anew. All of my desires and actions changed as a result. I no longer wanted to have an ungrateful and arrogant heart. But I desired to have a tight knit relationship with God, a relationship marked by thanksgiving and pure joy.
In the 5-6 years following high school, God has equipped me for the calling he has so evidently placed in my life. He has been so good and faithful to confirm and strengthen this calling. In 2018, I graduated from Southern Seminary. In 2019, I got married to someone I’m most thankful for, Hannah. She is my helper and my best friend. She brings me such joy and thanksgiving. Now, in 2020, the year of the pandemic, God has mobilized us here from Louisville, KY to Boerne, TX. This is my story. This is my song. I will magnify him with thanksgiving because of it.
Cole Perkins | Associate Student Pastor