Few things can change an attitude or brighten a day like gratitude. With Thanksgiving Day dawning in just a few hours I thought I would share what I am most thankful for.
I am thankful for the grace of God. So many times God has enabled me to get through difficult times, provided for me in lean times, and given me healing when I did not know how to ask for it. Lord, thank you for the strength and life you have given me.
I am thankful for my dad. This fall dad had open heart surgery to replace a valve and fix five blockages. Many people simply find out their father has had a heart attack. By the grace of God I was spared that tragic news and given instead a dad who is stronger than ever and who has a new lease on life. He has also not lost his wacky sense of humor and ability to give wise advice. Dad, I love you. Thanks for sticking around.
I am thankful for my girlfriend. Being able to spend Thanksgiving with your best friend and girlfriend is pretty special. She is gracious, loving, supportive, a thinker, a learner, a good listener, playful, serious when it’s needed, a wonderful speaker, a confident leader, my closest friend, and, most importantly, mine. Thank you, sweetheart, for blessing me this holiday season with your friendship and your love.
I am thankful for my family. Whether we are discussing my two boisterous, fabulous boys, or my sweet sister or generous brother, I consider myself blessed. Thanks, Isaac and Timothy, for making me a better person and for teaching me how to laugh. Matt and Shelli, thank you for blessing me with the best family I could wish for.
I am thankful for work I love. I am entering the holidays employed full-time in the work I love most: worship leadership in partnership with quality leaders. Thank you, Covenant Life, for giving me a place to lead and grow.
Many do not have easy lives this holiday season. I am thinking in particular of those still struggling in Sandy’s wake. If you are dreading the holidays, I encourage you to find one thing for which you are grateful. I may not have been in your place exactly, but I know that in my darkest hours I could always find at least one thing to be thankful for, and I was better for it.
What about you? What are you grateful for?