It is that time of year again, the holiday season. You know the time of year where most people pretend to be happy, like their lives are all together. I will be the first to admit I hate the holidays. It was twenty-one years ago near the beginning of November when I lost my dad to cancer. So that ususally makes me depressed. Then there is the rest of life, always struggling financially and so on. It just makes me feel horrible.
So for me to say I am thankful would proably be a huge LIE! Being completely honest I have more self pity than any one man is allowed. Over the last five years I can think one only a few times I have felt truly thankful and not one of them has been around the holidays.
This year I have felt this more than once, if I think hard about it. The biggest event which had a really huge impact on me and being thankful even if only for a short period of time was going to Haiti on mission with my wife and working with dear friends down there. Once we got down there and saw first hand how people lived day-to-day it made me appreciate the life I had back here in the USA. Down there life is hard nothing comes easy to those people.
The rest of the times have to do with my mom and her generosity toward my family and I. With my health being what it is, it has been hard for me to find a good job to provide for my family. So we have live with my mom for the entirety of our marriage. Not my most proudest moment, but God has provided for us. My mom has truly been a blessing to us and she bends over backwards to see that we have the things we need as a family even some things we want.
This month God has really shown us so much favor and compassion. There have been three separate events. We have a local used book sale and my wife was given a small sum of money to use by a random stranger, then she went to buy groceries and her card was declined and the gentleman behind her payed for them, and finally we went to our favorite Apple shop called Shiny Computers to get some things looked and find out what it would cost to get them repaired and they fixed them for FREE, because one was still under warranty and the other they chose to bless us with. God has been on the move in our lives this month and I am thankful for that.
So while I am usually closer to the Grinch than jolly ol’ Saint Nick. Seeing the hand of God moving in my life through his provision and his blessings is having an impact on me. I like all of us need to learn to be thankful everyday for the grace of God to see another day, not just one day a year because the government says I should. I hope this makes you smile and evaluate where you fall on the spectrum of being thankful.
God Bless you and thank you for taking the time to read this.