I was reminded today about how precious life is, not (thank God!) because I learned that someone had passed away but because of two people close to me who are dealing with chronic health conditions (one is a family member and one is the wife of a friend). I thank God that they are alive and I know God will continue to look after them. What I am praying for in both cases is a better quality of life for them, one where they can do those simple things like go for a walk or drive a car and it not be a big deal. But these people reminded me that there is much to be thankful for and it’s Thursday so here’s my collection of things I thank God for:
- My sister’s help with a party I hosted last weekend. I could not have done it without her.
- The new nose pads on my glasses. It’ll seem trivial to you until the nose pads of your glasses fall off, trust me!
- Libraries. By not buying books I have a bigger budget for ijekuje (junkfood…bad I know!).
- The lack of snow. Yes, Christmas is coming but without slushy snow everywhere it is so much easier to get around. I appreciate it!
- My mother. She’s just incredible and SO LOVING and GIVING! I don’t know how she does it.
- Time spent with girlfriends last week and weekend.
- Time spent with friends every Friday…it’s relaxing and there’s no pressure to do anything but sit around and just chill. It’s very much welcome after a busy week.
- A computer mouse. I really dislike using the laptop trackpad…who’s with me?
- Christmas cards received in the mail…they always brighten my day!
- WhatsApp, a smartphone app that lets me talk to friends who use smartphones without incurring charges. By “talk” I mean “message”; you can’t talk on the phone for free with the app. I like it better than other messengers though because you can keep the window open indefinitely; it’s basically one incredibly long conversation.
- Healthier hair…I haven’t seen a split end in ages. I don’t enjoy the extra time needed to deep condition but thankfully I can see the results so that makes it worth it.
Most of my closest friends and colleagues don’t believe in God. While I don’t know if it’s my job to personally play a role in them changing their beliefs, I do know that my life should be a witness: the way that I live my life should make those I come into contact with wonder what I have going on that makes me so grateful, loving, and good to others (among other things). Sadly, I don’t think that I am doing a good job of that, but that’s ok because one thing I know is that I’m not perfect and by bringing my imperfection to light it makes me aware of areas where I can improve. When I think of some of my challenges and how I have contemplated dealing with them, I have to say that my colleagues have often advised me in ways that are far more God-honouring than my original plan. I am thankful that God sends me examples of how I should behave, and I find it remarkable that these examples themselves aren’t people who believe in Him.
What are you thankful for?