When you take the time to think about your life what do you generally focus on? Too often, I tend to dwell on what I don’t have as opposed to what I have; what went wrong as opposed to what went right; the negative as opposed to the positive. But every now and then God gives me a reality check and tells me to stop with the pity party. Things could be a lot worse.
I can personally attest to the fact that 2013 has presented me with challenges and surprises. In March we welcomed my granddaughter Leila into the world (she was a month early), who warms my heart every time I hold her. And for that, I am grateful. In May we buried my dad, who I miss more and more each day. However; just knowing that he is at peace and that there is no more sickness makes me grateful.
When I pick-up the newspaper or turn on the radio there are always stories of homelessness. In those moments I realize that it could have been me out in the cold, were it not for God. True, I may not live in the house of my dreams but, I have a house that contains most if not all of life’s creature comforts. And for that I am grateful.
So as I gather with family and friends this holiday season, I will be intentional in counting my blessings and giving thanks. We have so much to be grateful for. Not just for the things that we have or for the people in our lives but, also for the grace that God has shown us.
Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, rejoice!
Deborah Calvert is associate executive director.