This month I’m thankful for:
- …My brother-in-law, who celebrated another year of life earlier in the month. Aside from being an important part of the equation that resulted in my adorable nephew, he’s been a blessing to me personally, taking the role of older (by 9 months!) brother seriously by advising and encouraging me from time to time. He’s thoughtful, he does a good job of keeping in touch, and his character is good.
- …A little money in my pocket because money isn’t exactly flowing right now! My internet provider had mercy on me and didn’t make me pay the extra charges I had accidentally racked up, saving me at least $50. Another company reversed an erroneous charge on my account, and the bank credited my account too. Ask and you shall receive indeed!
On a related note, I’m thankful that I have enough funds for my wants as well as my needs—God is so good.
- …My friends who cemented their eight-year relationship by getting married this past weekend. They’re happy and I’m glad I was there for this next step in their lives.
- …The new group I joined because it will challenge me positively and encourage me (I hope it’ll also give me opportunities to be a blessing to others). I’ll share more about it in this month’s love note—sign up to receive it if you haven’t already!
- …Patience. Once upon a time, people didn’t replace things that still worked just because a newer model was available. Ok, maybe some people did, but that “must get the latest model” mentality doesn’t serve me well—instead it makes me resent the “out of date” thing I own and wish for something newer.
When it comes to technology, I’m finding it harder to be patient. A great example is smartphones: I got my first iPhone, the iPhone 3GS, in 2010 and I was so happy to have a phone that could do all these cool things. Newer models came out (the iPhone 4, then the 4S), I shattered my phone’s screen but rocked it for a year looking like this before replacing it in early 2013 when I upgraded to the iPhone 5. Since I got my phone four new iPhone models have come out (5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus), which is unheard of in such a short period of time. My patience is being tested, especially since my current phone is acting up and the very newest iPhones look so sleek (yes, despite the bending they’re apparently susceptible to!).
But! My phone works (sometimes it’s hard to remember that the phone’s primary job is to help you make and receive calls!) and it’s an improvement over the 3GS. By waiting 1-2 more years before upgrading, I’ll be saving money (important due to #2 above), I’ll build character by resisting the urge to join the “the newer the better” movement, and the best thing is I’ll probably get a better product since they’ll have worked out all the issues with the latest model. (All true, but I’ve also been not-so-secretly hoping for a Christmas miracle that allows me to get a new flashy phone sooner—this is why I’m thanking God for patience!)
I’m also thankful for patience as I wait for a number of things to happen in my life: job-related decisions, projects I’m working on, and my personal life. Patience isn’t easy—must be why they call it a virtue.
- And last but never least, I’m thankful for the one guy I just can’t get enough of: my nephew. Watching him grow and develop has been a wonderful gift.
What are you thankful for?