Happy Thanksgiving!

On November 25, 2011 by Eddie

I love Thanksgiving for several reasons: the food, relaxation, family, and football. But this year, more than years past, I’ve found myself thinking all day about how grateful I am for many things in my life. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m enjoying my last holiday in my 20s, or the fact that my little boy is old enough to enjoy watching the Snoopy balloon in the parade. Whatever the reason, I’ve been pretty overwhelmed today with gratitude.

The tradition of thanksgiving began when a boatload of Europeans risking their lives and enduring weeks and months of hardship to start a new life in a new land. In many ways, that is a pretty good metaphor for where I am right now in life. This has been a hard year, with many moments I wish I could bypass for an easier road. Now, looking back at the last 12 months, I find myself grateful for the hard lessons I’ve had to learn, the long nights and tearful conversations. I’m grateful for the baby bottles and dirty diapers that taught me a bit more about what it really means to love someone. I’m grateful for the men God brought into my life this year that walked faithfully with me. I’m grateful for the times when I was humbled, and the times when I was broken enough to actually learn something.

Sure, there have been many moments in the last year that made me smile, moments of peace and joy. But now, looking back, the challenges of the last year are the things I am most grateful for. I know this won’t change, and this coming year will probably be just as difficult, if not more so. But for the first time, I’m beginning to understand that the hard road, the “road less traveled,” really does make all the difference.

What about you? What are you most thankful for this year?

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