Thankful Thursday: Perspective

A quick post in the “this is where I am right now” vein…

My last week and a half has been full of minor inconveniences and emotional unrest. The technology in my life took on the mantle of “thorns and thistles” and started battling against me, and I allowed it to rattle me. I really got frustrated and anxious and overwhelmed about a lot of really silly and stupid things.

But during the same time period, stories began rolling in of terrorist attacks and natural disasters all over the world. Arguments about the fate of refugees who are fleeing such suffering. Closer to home, friends and family are engaged in health crises, work crises, relational upheavals. When you hear about all that going on, it forces you to be honest with yourself and get some perspective on your own life.

All in all, these are reminders that my life is pretty amazing, and that this is really a gift from God. I have been shielded from the harshest realities of life in this broken world. I have been given countless opportunities, many of which I likely don’t even realize. All my material needs are being met, and I have security and hope for the days ahead.

In the last few days, my technological problems have mostly been resolved. I’ve been able to spend time with my amazing wife in honest communication about what’s going in our hearts and minds, and we are growing ever closer as a result. I’m hopeful for the future.

My life is going well, all in all. Of course, there are things I’d like to revise, improve, reconsider. But on the whole, I am blessed and I am thankful.

So here’s my thankful Thursday: God has been good to me. And no matter what temporary frustrations or minor inconveniences I am facing, I must never let them overshadow this great truth.

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How about you? What’s something you’re thankful for, today? Please post it in the comments below, so we can rejoice with you.

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