This morning I feel an incredible amount of thankfulness to God. It is so easy in this day an age for a person to line up their own accomplishments and bask in the self-reliance that it takes to stay alive, healthy, wealthy and wise. I have done and seen a lot in my lifetime, but today I am compel to recognize the One who has gone before me, and will be there behind me.
I’m thankful for so many things that are absolutely out of my control:
- My physical health
- My family
- My friendships with people who care about me undeservingly
- My church and its mission
- My community and its values
- My future hope
None of these were created or put in motion by me. In fact they don’t have anything to do with who I am. Truthfully, I do more to deconstruct these things in my life than to build them up. So, I’m thankful. And, not like birthday gift thankful. You know, like when you get a gift for your birthday–you know that you could have bought it yourself.
Instead I am Picasso painting thankful. By this I mean that I have been been things that I could never create on my own–like a Picasso painting. God has created a beautiful, meaningful work of art to me, and given it to me undeservingly.
Thank you God!