Happy Thanksgiving. I feel... thankful today. More so, perhaps, than I have in previous years. Notice the giant image to your left. Read every word. It touched me.
As a senior in high school this year, my life has come to a turning point. I'm about to leave home in a few months and embark on a journey of my own. My decisions from this point forward will make a huge, huge difference in my life. When I was younger, if I messed up, it was okay. My parents took care of everything. I'll be on my own now, and the decisions I'll be making will be life decisions and not only little ones.
I'm so blessed to have what I have. I've been given so many important things in my life, I could not even list them all if I tried. I have...
A family that loves and supports me. Not even all of my friends have parents who actually care where they are right now or what they're doing for Thanksgiving. My parents love me and let me know of their affections for me every single day. They support me in the decisions I make. They're going to miss me when I leave home. They'll make the effort to see me as often as they can. My little brother is adorable, not annoying. My little sister has a huge heart. I have grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins who actually strive to spend time together. No one could have a better family than me.
An education. I'm graduating from a private school. I'll be going to a great university. I'm going to become whatever I want to be in life. I've been given so many opportunities.
Three meals a day, plus snacks. Seriously, I get all the food I need and more. When my stomach starts to grumble in between lunch and dinner, I can easily walk downstairs, open the pantry, and find myself one of thirty different snacks. How many people in the world have that opportunity?
Clothes. I have a lot of clothes. I have a lot of shoes. My parents have allowed me to lead an amazing, blessed lifestyle that not many people can have. I am so grateful for the fact that I can feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter and feel confident in myself and my style.
Friends. I have the best friends in the world. I'm not just saying that. I truly do. Don't believe me? Ask them. I've never seen any group of high school friends so devoted to each other, so loyal, so accountable, so devoted to growing in Christ, and so drama free. We've made lifelong relationships.
My health. I am generally a very healthy person. I don't have disease or disability. I am able to run and dance and spin in circles until I fall over in the grass. God has given me my health and I am so grateful for that. God has also given my family and friends their health as well, which is just as important to me.
A roof over my head. I have never been homeless. I have always had a place to live and feel warm and protected. I even have my own room where I can express myself and gain my own independence. I have a comfortable, warm bed to sleep in. I have air condition for the summer and a heater for the winter. I have closets and a bathroom and a kitchen downstairs. I have so much.
I am so thankful for everything that God has blessed me with during my short lifetime. I can't even express how grateful I truly feel. What amazes me is how little of this I've deserved.
Thank you, Jesus. So much. I owe it all to You.
What are YOU grateful for?