Over the past week I have been busy celebrating every thing from Thanksgiving to turning the big 33. Both of these things have emphasized in my life that I have much to be thankful for. First of all, I am truly thankful for my family. Coming up the stairs on Monday morning to my little boy smiling at me while my little girl ran up and hugged me and said “Happy Birthday Daddy!” , was a great reminder of how much God has given me. I also got to spend a good portion of the day with my beautiful wife, including a great bday dinner out. It’s almost hard to imagine that about 6 years ago I was celebrating my birthday all alone and wondering if I had the “gift” of singleness forced upon me. Little did I know the blessings that God has had in store for me!
Another big thing that I was reminded of that I have to be thankful for is friendship. I have often struggled with being away from my closest friends since moving back to Kentucky. Living rurally and on a missionary salary sometimes makes it rough to spend the quality time that I would like to spend with friends who have meant so much to me over the years. However, even though I couldn’t spend my birthday with them in person, God reminded me about how truly blessed I am with friends and family that care so much about me, as I received countless birthday wishes via phone, card, and social media.
I know we shouldn’t need things like holidays and birthdays to be reminders of the blessings that God has given us. At the same time, I love how the passing of another year causes us to have to think and reflect on how God has blessed us. When we look past all our complaints, frustrations, and sometimes just plain old whining, if we are truly seeking God will show us how abundantly blessed we are. That’s where I find myself, a truly blessed man!