Sunday, November 18, 2012

Truly Thankful

At 27, I think I am just beginning to truly grasp what it means to be thankful.

As the years go by, we learn to value faith, family, friends, and our lives more because of the loss, growth, and change we experience. There have been a number of character-building events in my life this past year that contributed to my deepened sense of gratitude for God and His grace:

  • The passing of my sweet Meemaw
  • Making it through two lay-offs at work
  • Traveling to Scotland
  • Running three 5k's
  • Hearing a heartfelt apology
  • Experiencing my first lay-off
  • Watching loved ones deal with health issues
  • Completing a chronological Bible-reading plan
  • Networking that led me to a job with endless opportunity

As cliche as it sounds, time seems to pass so much more quickly as I get older. And yet, I think I can look at my life more objectively.

I am so incredibly thankful to God for His priceless gift of salvation. It's a gift I could never earn. A gift I could never deserve or feel entitled to. It's a gift I should not feel guilty about but should live my life to honor and share. It's a gift that keeps giving. Salvation is an everyday thing. It's not frozen in time at the moment of acceptance - it saves and keeps saving.

I am thankful for a family who supports and encourages me through every season without fail and who models unconditional love in a way that never ceases to amaze me.

I am thankful for a Bible-teaching church and a pastor who presents the Word clearly and unapologetically.

I am thankful to live in a country that allows me to practice my faith freely.

I am thankful for my education in a field I feel called to.

I am thankful for the opportunity to use my education to pursue excellence at work.

I am thankful for a home and food and warmth.

I am thankful for health.

Thank You, Lord, for yesterday, today, and tomorrow!

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