I attended a wake yesterday and as anyone can imagine, it was a somber day. It is difficult to watch a grieving family mourn the lost of someone near and dear to them. No matter how much we are told that death is an inevitable part of life, we are not quite ever prepared for it when we lose someone we love. As I met with different members of the family and offered my condolences, I was reminded of just how fragile life can be and that it can be taken away at any given moment without warning. This reminder, along with the holiday season upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to write an article about some of the things I am “thankful” for.
A Loving And Forgiving God:
I have to first begin by giving “”thanks”” and praise to our father in heaven. It is he who gives me the strength to do all things. I am “thankful” for his unconditional love, mercy and forgiveness he provides me with in spite of my many shortcomings. I give “thanks” to God because we all have a beauty and value within him. I give “thanks” to him for enabling me to be in good health and giving me the necessary strength to overcome any and every obstacle that I may be faced with in my life. It is because of him that I have safe place to sleep every night and a job to go to each day. What I am most “thankful” to the Lord for is providing us with a way to communicate to him through prayer and for the gift of eternal life for every walk of life.
Wife & Son:
The Bible says that he who finds a wife, has found a good thing. I can honestly say that the passage applies to my life as well. There are so many good moments that my wife and I have shared that it’s difficult to remember them all. Like most couples, there are times where disagreements and challenges come into the picture that can test a relationship. However, I know that when we work together at trying to resolve the problems, we accomplish far more than trying to go at it alone. It is not easy being married to a sports fanatic and someone who likes to spend time writing about sports as well. In spite of that, she deals with it and lets me be for the most part as she knows these are activities that I enjoy doing. She may not always agree with them but she respects them and I in turn, give her the same give the same respect with things she enjoys doing also. As any parent knows, trying to raise a child can be somewhat challenging to say the least. My stepson definitely keeps things interesting as he is beginning to become a little bit more independent and assert himself in different areas. However, it is rewarding to see a child wanting to learn new things on his own and doing well in school. Despite the difficult times, having a child around keeps a person young and I would venture to say that we learn just as much from them as they learn from us. I truly am “thankful” for these two people because they make me a better person and I can say that it would be really difficult picturing life without either of them.
To say that I am “thankful” for the family that I’ve been blessed with having throughout my life would be an understatement. My family has always been there for me in both good times and bad. No matter what problem comes about, there are a number of relatives that I could turn to for helpful advice or perspective. My family has always pushed me to do my very best and the value of pushing forward whenever I feel like giving up. The one aspect of my family that I am truly “thankful” for is that they don’t judge my imperfections or shortcomings. No matter what I may be feeling down about, they are always there to try to lift my spirits in any way they can. It is easier to deal with the pressures of every day life knowing that I have people I can count on no matter what comes my way. There are no words that can really describe how important having a supportive family and I’m sure that everyone will agree with sentiment.
There have been a lot of lessons that I have learned thus far in my life as well. Some have been positive ones and some have been very painful ones. Nonetheless, I am “thankful” for all of the lessons that I have learned from and looking forward to learning about the lessons that lie ahead in my life as I am sure there will be many.
I will conclude this article by stating that I hope that each of us takes time to celebrate the family and friends that we have as often as we can. I understand that life can get busy and hectic but let’s not allow that to keep us from spending time in the places and with the people that mean the most to us. As the saying goes, your employer will replace you if you’re not able to work while your family will always be there. Life passes us all by in the blink of an eye so let’s not let the holidays and special occasions be the only time we come together with our loved ones. Let each day we are given be one of “thanks” and celebration.