Today, I am thankful for…
1. Matt Franklin. My brother celebrated his birthday on Sunday, and I was just reminded how much I love him. There is no one else I would rather have as a big brother, and I am thankful that the Lord saw fit to put us in the same family. I am so proud of the man he has become, and the gifts and abilities the Lord has given him. He makes me laugh and is the best brother in the whole world. I love you Matty! 🙂
2. Rachel. Another dear fried celebrated her birthday this past weekend, and I had fun reminiscing about all of our adventures over the past 8.5 years. She was my first friend at College of Charleston – we met on the first day of new student orientation at this lame party on top of a parking garage – and have been friends ever since.
3. Holy Week. I was convicted this week about my tendency to celebrate Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and then just skip ahead to Easter with the resurrection without focusing on what happened during the days in between. The anguish, the goodbyes, the confusion, the betrayal, the death of our Savior, the cross, everything that leads up to the most glorious day in our history. This is a week to remember these things and to worship the One who bore them for our sake, yet my days fill up with other things that distract me from focusing on worshiping Jesus. Thankful for the reminder yesterday and today about the need to stop and re-focus, and the ability to do that today and tomorrow.
4. Water. We had a water main break in my apartment complex on Tuesday and had no running water most of the day. Something contaminated the water in the process of them fixing it, and we now have to boil our drinking and cooking water for 5 minutes before using any…indefinitely. The Lord has used this to remind me how much I take for granted here. It makes me thankful for when our water does work properly, but also thankful for a stove that I can boil water on until it is fixed.
5. Wisdom. I think this is a repeat, but it is a good one. Thankful for this promise: “but if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach [no judgment or disapproval on our need for wisdom – He knows we are a bunch of dumb sheep], and it will be given to him” James 1:5