Six months ago I had a life I wouldn’t trade with anyone. My life was more blessed than you could imagine. I had the best job in the world, an amazing church and faith community. Ministry was fruitful… people were experiencing serious life transformation… people meeting Christ for the first time… working and living with my best friend… great group of friends… clear sense of calling and purpose… and close to debt-free! I was using my strengths and gifts everyday and was part of a movement that was changing the world. Life doesn’t get much better than that — and I gave thanks every day to God for His amazing grace in letting me — a sinner among sinners — be a part of it.
Today? All of that is gone. Really, it was all gone overnight… and it has been 6 months since then.
So thinking about what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving has been a bit more of a challenge than usual.
But for the first time in 6 months I can honestly say this… I wouldn’t trade my life with anyone. I love my life because Jesus loves my life. I miss a lot of what I had… I still mourn the loss… I regret so much of what happened — and especially the people I hurt. But while I wish I could undo a few sinful acts, today I would not trade my life with anyone else’s in the world.
I am thankful for the grace and love of Jesus Christ.
I am thankful for my family and how I have grown closer to them.
I am thankful for my home and school and work.
I am thankful for new friends and mentors — my Monday night small group and the whole Mahon family and Bart and Kit and Paul and others.
I am thankful for the few old friends who have stood with me, not because they approve of what I did but because they are friends.
I am thankful for old friends who have become new friends again.
I am thankful for the grace of continued ministry.
I am thankful that my purpose has not changed.
I am thankful for how I am growing and the fact that I am a healthier, more authentic and transparent person than I have ever been.
I am thankful that Jesus is greater than my failure.
I am thankful for who and how God has made me.
I am thankful for my friend Vince.
I am thankful that God never abandons us — even when others do.
I am thankful for the cross.
I am thankful that I have so much to be thankful for.
WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR?