Over Thanksgiving Joni and I watched the movie Facing the Giants.
It's about a small high school football team, but it's more than that.
It's about the trials of the coach and his family, but it's more than that, too.
Bottom line, it's about seeing life not through the lenses of accomplishment or struggle, but as God sees them.
That means being thankful for the "giants" He's helped us overcome in our lives, and trusting Him to overcome the physical and spiritual "giants" we face now.
Produced by a church in Georgia, Facing the Giants really touched our lives and, as the coach says in the film, encouraged us to give God "the best" in all areas of our lives.
Since renting and returning the movie DVD, I want to watch it again to see anew the progress God worked in so many lives. And to know He can bring progress and purpose in my life and the lives of others.
That doesn't mean a trouble-free life, but it does mean we won't have to tackle those troubles, those "giants", alone.
There's still a month or so left in 2007, plenty of time before the giant ball is brought down at Times Square. But I've already been thinking about the "giants" God has brought down for Joni and me in 2007 that we never could have imagined.
Giants such as furthering her education after a 20-year hiatus, her successful gall bladder surgery and, for me, a return to ministry.
There are other "giants" He's conquered for us, and there are still "giants" out there that we'll face.
But thanks to a little film called Facing the Giants, we have a 21st century parable to remind us that Goliath's not the only giant to have a great fall.