St. Patrick’s Day’s origins would make a much more profound blog post that the one that I am choosing to write. The rich history behind the saint himself, the country of Ireland and its religious strife, and just the folklore itself would be a great blog post. However, all week long I have thought about today’s post, and one thought keeps coming back to me.
I feel like I am the luckiest person alive right now.
To be honest, more often than not, when I look backwards on my 37 years, I sometimes can only see the negative things that have happened in my life. I have written posts about those and the lessons I have learned or the way that I have seen God’s hand in all of it. To a certain extent, though, I have realized that sometimes I need to make a list of all the things for which I am thankful. When I do that, I feel blessed – amazingly so – or…if you will, I feel lucky.
I am thankful for my husband. I appreciate him so much. We do not have the perfect marriage, but that is because neither one of us is perfect. The difference between a good marriage and a bad one is in the acceptance that two imperfect persons cannot have a perfect marriage. It will always take work; we need to daily choose to sacrifice our own individual wills for the good of the two that has become one. I am daily thankful for the fact that we have each chosen to remember this on more days than not. I am daily thankful that we have given each other permission to call each other out when our personal wills get in the way of the good of the marriage or the family.
I am thankful for my children. They bless me as individuals as well as together. When they put their minds to do great things, they achieve great things. They each have their strengths, and they often complement each other when completing a task. I am impressed by them, and they motivate me to be a better mother. I am thankful that they are growing into amazing adults-to-be, and I am thankful that I have a few more years with them before they go off to do great things in the world.
I am thankful for the church family with whom we minister at Faith Baptist Church in North Minneapolis. I am thankful for the that many of them play in the raising of my children. Just last night I shared with a friend about the numerous men and women from our church who have played key roles – no matter how small – in helping us raise our children. This is the key to changing the way that youth are growing up today. I am thankful that I have been called into this community, and I pray that some day all children would have communities like this (faith based or otherwise) to assist in their development.
The list continues…but I have a speech meet to attend as a judge.
In what ways do you consider yourself lucky today?