Last night… we drove to Richmond, spent the evening @ the residence of Jeff & Ann Wall (Emily’s punk brother-lol). They are gracious hosts-always… the food was delicious… the laughs were painfully enjoyable (many times at my expense)… loved the quality time with Emily’s great family!
This morning… Emily dragged me into the Richmond University 10K turkey trot! (photo: the first mile) The course was ALL HILLS… our finishing times were good… we had a BLAST!
Right now @ 10:38am… we’re at Starbucks sending this blog, then back to the in-laws house for showers, and over to Wayne and Robin Wall’s house for the Thanksgiving meal! Wayne is another one of Emily’s punk brother’s. lol
Here’s the blog I wrote at 5am this morning: 10,000 Blessings Staring Back @ Me!
I’m more thankful today than ever in my life. This is because thanksgiving is my spiritual position… not an emotional response to the more obvious good things in my life. I’m not waiting for a blessing… I am a blessing! I’m not waiting to be blessed… I’ve already been blessed… over and over and over again!
I am overwhelmed this Thanksgiving morning, more overwhelmed than any other Thanksgiving in my life… overtaken with Gods love. I can feel him right here in Merle and Millie’s living room… surrounding me, filling me, warming my humbled heart… until now a few real tears have gathered at the rims of my bloodshot eyes.
Even though these past twelve months have been the most painful months of my entire life, riding on the heels of losing my mom, grandfather, and uncle. Even though I have cried more these past 7 months than the cumulative crying of my 38 years… despite the loneliness of abandonment and betrayal… I am more thankful today than EVER IN MY LIFE! This is because for me, Thanksgiving 09 is all about my spiritual POSITION!
Instead of being blessed and therefore thankful… we should try being thankful and therefore blessed! Gratitude is a lens through which we SEE our lives. Without this lens, we will most certainly exaggerate our weaknesses… and we will possess so much, yet, enjoy it so little.
Depression is a form of blindness. So sad I am, for all the people in our world who are so abundantly RICH with blessings and yet, unable to SEE a single positive thing about their situation.
When I LOOK for my blessings, I want to SEE them! I want to SEE every single one of them! Because this is a true saying, “for every one thing going wrong, there are one hundred things going right!”
God always makes everything work out for my good and yours, even though it doesn’t always seem this way at first. I am surrounded with beauty… I love and I am loved… this is all free; it’s a gift from God, not dependant upon wealth or fame or any other thing.
So today, I LOOK and what do I see? Ten thousand blessings staring back at me! I have the greatest family… the greatest friends… the greatest life calling… the greatest church… in the whole wide word!
This year, when I say THANK YOU… I mean it so much more than I’ve ever meant it before! Dear God, I am a BLESSED MAN! I love you all so very much! Who, you ask? Who do I love so very much? All of YOU! I never go a single day without having one of you good people FILL MY CUP with your APPRECIATION!
When I LOOK over this past year… I SEE myself wrapped in blessings! I see God loving me and reaching into my life in too many ways to list! I see LOVE! I see GRACE! I see MERCY! I see HOPE! I see a better husband, a better wife, better parents, and better kids! I see BIGGER and CLEARER DREAMS! I see a FAR BETTER CHUCK… a FAR BETTER Destiny Family Center… a FAR BETTER DAILY BLOG SITE… a FAR BETTER VERSION of MY FIRST BOOK and the MANY BOOKS to come… a FAR BETTER REAL CHANCE at bringing a MILLION lost people to Jesus Christ! Everything in my life is FAR BETTER than it was one year ago! Life is good for us all!
Maybe you’re still having a hard time feeling this message. Maybe your life seems to suck so bad right now that you just cant see a single thing to be thankful for. Here are a few verses to lift your soul!
Habakkuk 3:17-19 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, YET I will REJOICE in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign Lord is MY STRENGTH! He will make me as SUREFOOTED as a deer and bring me safely OVER THE MOUNTAINS!
Happy thanksgiving everyone… make it the best one ever!