I do believe that “Happy Thanksgivings” are in order.
So, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a warm, gratitude-filled ‘Happy Thanksgiving.’ May your day abound with good food, good company, and good memories. (Oh, and don’t forget to pack your stretchy pants . . . you know . . . just in case you decide to have that third piece of pie like you did last year.)
I pray that this blog finds each and every one of you wrapped in the warmth of the holiday season, surrounded by merriment, laughter, and love. May we all cherish these moments, for they are surely some of the sweetest. I pray that today, and every day thereafter, we all carve just a few moments to treasure the gifts God has given. For we are indeed blessed, and He is indeed good.
First and foremost, I am thankful for Jesus Christ and His redeeming work on the cross. To live life as His redeemed child is incomprehensibly joy-abounding, and I am grateful that, despite my unworthiness, He loves me enough to call me own of His own.
I am thankful for a family that has never once failed to shower me in love. Clothes, food, shelter, memories—- you name it and chances are, they have spoiled me in it. I don’t deserve them, but oh man, do I love them.
I am thankful for godly friends who inspire and encourage me on the daily. I don’t mention this often, but a few years ago, I had one friend. Yeah, one. I felt frustrated, sad, and lonely. I prayed nearly every night for God to send me a group of true friends, and a few years later, He did.
I am thankful for my college—-for the opportunity to receive a Christian education and for my professors who also serve as godly mentors and role models. Sure, one of the perks is my ability to study at home, in the car, at the library, in a local coffee shop, on a mountain peak, across the country, on a plane, at the beach—– I think you get the point. But if I’m honest with you, I am most grateful for the professors who have invested their lives in teaching the Word of God. My college education has carved such an indelible mark on my life, and my professors have impacted my life so positively that I can’t quite explain it to the fullest. This year has been one for growth, and for that, I am inexplicably grateful.
I am thankful for my freedom. Sure, it’s something that I tend to take for granted, but the privileges that I enjoy on a daily basis are truly something special. Grateful is an understatement.
Now, this only scratches the surface, guys.
There is oh so much more that I could share, but I’m afraid that a measly blog post will never quite summarize how undeservedly blessed I am.
Today, I encourage you to think of just five things for which you are grateful. Write these things down, share them with a friend, comment them below, or better yet, thank God for them. We live in a ‘more, more, more’ culture, and sometimes, it’s tough to truly appreciate all that we have. But, oh do we have a lot. May we never lose sight of this—–not today, not tomorrow, not ever. We are blessed. Blessed immeasurably.
Now, go enjoy your day. Go enjoy your family. Go enjoy that third plate of stuffing you’ve been eyeing up for the past thirty minutes.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God. It is He who hath made us and not we ourselves. We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with prasise: Be thankful unto Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting: and His truth endureth to all generations.
— Psalm 100