Happy Thanksgiving to you! I know you're thinking about turkey, dressing and all the trimmings, but I challenge you to take a moment to reflect. Think about what you're truly thankful for. And if you're really daring, think about where you were this time last year... 5 years ago... 10 years ago!
I reflected this morning and I want to share just 5 of the things I'm most thankful for.
First and foremost, I'm thankful for a God that would give his only Son for me. Before I was born, before I had an opportunity to do wrong and even before I could ask for forgiveness... Jesus [willingly] gave his life, so I could have a chance at eternal life. He took every lash on his body, hammered nail through his hands, feet and side, thorn in his head, rip of hairs from his beard, spit in his face and verbal defamation... all for me [and you too]. WOW! I am thankful for redemption.
Years ago I remember being the queen of worry. I worried about having enough money to pay my bills. I worried about how my daughter would turn out, being raised by a [then] fragile, single mom. I worried about what people thought of me and what they said about me after I left the room. And the list went on and on and on! But not anymore. I've learned to fully trust in Him, no longer doubt myself and shift my focus to how He sees me, not others. I've learned how to treat people the way I want to be treated, and to love others unconditionally [where they are]. Putting these learnings into action, put my mind at ease. I am thankful for daily peace.
I remember preparing to give the "remarks from a family member" at my aunt Precious' funeral a few years ago. I tried to think of all the good things I could say about her and what accomplishments I could highlight. But the truth was, she had a jagged past, had returned home, was reclaiming her life and lived low-key. Unfortunately, I didn't take the time back then to breakdown who she was the core... humorous, protecting, authentic, unashamed and a germaphobe! It's a shame it took so long for me to see past the surface, so now I consciously choose to find the good and celebrate my family for who they are inside! I'm thankful for a deeper appreciation for my family.
After loosing my grandfather a couple years ago and then my grandmother in July, a part of me hurt more than I showed. I was upset. Period. I asked over and over why God allowed them to be taken from me. Some Saturday mornings I still want to call my grandfather as soon as I awake to see if I beat him up, because he always said the early bird catches the worm. And I still want to kiss my grandmother's cheek, eat her warm, peach cobbler and play her in a game of spades. I don't have all the answers, but today I am thankful for comfort in the fond memories and knowing they're in a better place.
About 6 and a half years ago, I had to operate in survival mode. That's the place where your goal can't reach any further than that day. You aren't thinking about the next week, because you're not sure if you'll make it through the current week. It was a dark time, and had someone told me that in just a few years I could have [almost - lol] anything I want... I would not have believed them. Today I am thankful for the rich, blessings of the Lord!!! He has prospered my mind, spirit and pocketbook ;-)
I pray this post has inspired you to reflect on your own life. If so, share a couple of the things you're thankful for in the comment box below. I'd love to hear from you!