Well, it’s Thanksgiving today in the U.S. of A. and I thought, what a better way to express my thankfulness than to write a cliche blog about it? But seriously though, I have a lot to be thankful for, and I haven’t just blogged in a while.
So here goes Sara Froi’s Top Ten Reasons to be Thankful
- A clean slate. All my sins are forgiven because Christ died for me. That’s amazing. God didn’t have to forgive me; He didn’t have to forgive anyone. He could have easily have wiped us all out when Eve took that first bite of fruit and started all over again. But He wouldn’t do that, because He’s God, and God is love. He loves us. He doesn’t have to, but it’s so much better to be loved by someone who doesn’t have to love you, than by someone who has every reason to love you (because you take care of them or something, I dunno, come up with your own examples).
- My life. Almost a year ago, I would have done anything to not have a life. In fact, I did do everything in my power. But seriously, I am so thankful that I survived. I’m going to do amazing things with this life God has given me. I hope to be an example and that I can use my past, my life, my testimony, to help others who are in similar situations to mine. All is a privilege from God, including life, and no one deserves it, it’s a gift. So I’m going to use my gift to shed some light on this world.
- My parents are still married. While it’s true that my mother and I don’t get along, I know that she loves me in her own way. And my dad loves me more than anyone else I know, and would do anything for me, which blows my mind. I love him so much. Seeing the way he loves my mother, even though she’s often insensitive to the feelings of others, and is rather sexist toward the male gender, he knows that she still loves him. When she was diagnosed with cancer, he did everything he could to make her better. With all this family has been through, he could have easily bailed years ago (I probably would have), but what matters is that he didn’t. I don’t come from a broken home, and I know someday I will be able to understand love and marriage because of this. In April, my parents will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, and I am thankful for that.
- My dreams. I’m so thankful that I am realizing my dreams, and that God even gave me dreams. I pray that I don’t step out of His will while following them. I’m thankful that, without realizing it, I’ve been writing my entire life. I’m thankful that I can look back and see how far I’ve come, and that I can use writing to reach out when I feel like I have nothing else. I’m thankful that people acknowledge that my dreams matter. Dreams, life goals, they’re what keeps me going some days.
- Friends that have stuck by me. Michael, Michelle, Hannah, and Jenny, to name a few. They’ve been there in the hard times, and I hope that they know that I’ll always be there for them as well. Even though they don’t understand, and are not always willing to listen, they have begun to know my heart. I know God has put them in my life for a reason, and I have learned so much from them. I’m thankful they haven’t let me give up. I’m thankful that they tease me, and that they let me tease them. I’m thankful that I’m comfortable with them and they’re comfortable with me. And I’m thankful that they will never hold me back from accomplishing all that I was made to do. Thanks my loves.
- I’m in fairly good shape. I’m thankful that I’ve never had a huge struggle with overeating or under eating or any sort of eating disorder. I’m thankful that I’ve spent my life fairly active, and that I’m capable of running, hiking, climbing, snowboarding, etc. It’s amazing that God created bodies, as intricate as they are, to be so simple to take care of. I pray that I will always be able to take care of myself. I’m thankful that I’ve never really overeaten on Thanksgiving. There are plenty of people that have to spend holidays in hospitals. I’m thankful I’m not one of them, but in the same way, I wish there was something I could do to help.
- I have a car. I love driving. I drive stick and my ’98 honda civic has a racing clutch, short-shifter, and racing engine (no, I don’t race). Yeah, I’m still paying it off, since this is a fairly new addition to my life, but sometimes I know I don’t deserve it. I have truly been blessed with the way some things work out for me. I’m thankful for my driving ability. What else can I say about this?
- I have a job. I know lots of people, especially in this economy, searching for jobs, constantly. Not only do I have a fairly okay job, I know I’ll keep it as long as I attend Life Pacific College (I work in the cafe). I get paid minimum wage, and I don’t always get the best hours, but it is something. And I love my job. I love the people I work with, I love the environment, and I love that I’m good at it. My boss is nice. We play volleyball. It’s good.
- I can worship God openly and freely. There’s many countries where being a Christian (or other religion) is illegal. There are underground churches and people are killed because of their faith. No, we don’t hear about this very much anymore, but it still happens. I’m thankful that I grew up in a country where I can share my faith, and worship my God publicly, and attend an open church every Sunday. I’m thankful I have a church family. I go to a Bible school. Without God, I would be nothing, and had I grown up somewhere where Christianity was illegal, I’m not so sure that my faith would have always been strong enough. Thanks, God.
- I have running water, shelter, clothing, and food. I feel that these are things I often take for granted. I don’t always shower everyday, but the fact that I have that option is something to be thankful for. Plenty of third world countries don’t have that. I am not starving, and I go to bed warm at night. I have more than one shirt, pair of jeans, and shoes. I don’t need anything else, but a couple weeks ago, I bought new skirts because I got rid of my old one. Places in Africa, etc., people are lucky to own a nice skirt. I hope I never take these things for granted again.
With that said, I have a question and a request. My question is, what are some non-superficial things that you are thankful for (not that all of my things are non-superficial). And my request is this: I am thinking about completely simplifying my life. I might get rid of most of my clothes, my shoes, my furniture etc., and help out with the money I save, while also learning how to appreciate what I have. I’m not sure if this is a direction God is leading me in, but it’s something that I’d like to possibly do. So, basically, I am asking for prayer about God’s direction in and for my life. I want to move to England when I graduate, and there’s a possibility that’s also not His plan for me. So please, join with me in prayer as I figure out some new parts of my life.