Thankful

I count my blessings in people.

Material resources, tangible things, while they are necessary and should not be taken for granted, they aren’t what determine happiness. Wealth and happiness are not correlated. If that were the case, the happiest among us would be the CEOs and billionaires. If this were true, the people of Haiti that I have come to know and love would be the most miserable on Earth. It’s the people that truly matter, who should be celebrated this Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving.

That’s what I am thankful for… For people.

I am thankful… For the incredible friends and family that God has surrounded me with.

I am thankful… For people that have sacrificed to allow me live in freedom.

I am thankful… For the people that have molded me into the man I am today, and for the ones that are going to shape me into the man I will be in the future.

I am thankful… For the people that see more in me than I see in myself, who dream bigger for my future than I can fathom.

I am thankful… For the people that love me enough to hold me accountable, that call me out when I am in the wrong.

I am thankful… For the people that have let me in, that have trusted me enough to be vulnerable with me and trustworthy enough to have that vulnerability reciprocated.

I am thankful… For the people that inspire me daily with the way they learn, the way they lead, and the way they love.

I am thankful… For the people that bring tears to my eyes, laughter to my voice, and joy to my heart.

I am thankful… For the people that evoke passion from me, that stir my spirit and bring out the very best in me.

I am thankful… For the people that make me think, that believe differently than me, that challenge me to reevaluate the way I view the world.

Above all else, I am thankful for my God.

Who has blessed me beyond all measure.

Who has granted me peace beyond understanding.

Who has withheld from me the things I thought I wanted in favor of the things that He knew I needed.

Whose plan for me is infinitely greater than my plan for myself.

Who continues to bless me when I don’t deserve it.

Who holds on to me when I run away.

Who restores my flimsy faith when it falters.

Who continually amazes me with His love, grace, and mercy.

Who died in disgrace so I could live in fulfillment.

Hallelujah! How great is Our God!

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

TD

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