I have been following this page on Facebook recently that has absolutely been breaking my heart. I won’t go into much detail because I refuse to use someone else’s life story for my own gain – but I must admit – after following this particular story, it’s left me thinking about all of things that I take for granted on a daily basis. To be brief, the page I’ve been following concerns a newborn that was born with a disease called anencephaly – a cruel disorder that leaves the newborn with (in most cases) less than 24 hours to live. But I haven’t just been following this story, because somewhere in my own thoughts and heart, I’ve been grieving with these parents that have suffered such a great loss. I’ve been thinking about my own family – the people I love and cherish most.
We have much to be thankful for… growing up in church as a kid, we had a pastor that, at the beginning of every sermon, would stand at the pulpit and announce those very words, “we have much to be thankful for…” – when I was a kid, that didn’t really mean anything to me – it was just something that the pastor said. But, interestingly enough, I still remember those words to this day and I think about them often. And I suppose, for me, I didn’t really start giving much thought of how I should have a spirit of thankfulness until this year. Kaila and I have been through so much in the last two years and we’ve experienced more blessings that we can keep track of – but as I sit here writing, I know that’s not the same story for everyone. The harsh reality is, not everyone experiences the same blessings as us. It’s just the truth, isn’t it? There are some earthly blessings that some people will receive and enjoy – and others will not. And I’m not sure whether we deem that “fair”; some just prefer to call it “luck” or “chance”, but I believe neither of those words can express the work of a sovereign God.
Harrison is 7 months old now, and it amazes me how quickly time flies. And I thank God for him and Kaila – for the joy that they bring me on a daily basis – for the relationships that I will continue to build with the both of them – for the amount of time (great or small) that I will get to cherish with them. See, the reality is, some people just don’t have some of the blessings that you get to enjoy everyday. I suppose I’m not referring to anything specific – it could be anything that you value, really. I truly believe that life is the greatest gift human beings will ever receive; it’s too bad that some of us choose to take it from others. It’s sad that some never get to live or experience the life that they would have had.
So, how do you measure your thankfulness? How do you measure what is really most precious to you? As people, what moves us, drives us, pushes us forward through each day? What is it that gives you that little smirk as you walk into the office or that extra spring in your step? Because whatever it is, just remember, not everyone experiences that. Life is full of heartache, turmoil, and distress. There are many among us who have lost family members, friends, jobs, or battle severe health issues, etc. So, whatever that blessing is that brings you overwhelming joy and comfort, hold it close to your heart, cherish it forever and remember: you have much to be thankful for.