Today I’d like to take a moment to consider three things I’m immensely thankful for. While we won’t be eating turkey on the 4th of July, the pause and reflection warranted by this wonderful day revealed three blessings which I regularly enjoy, but don’t always publicly recognize.
1. Freedom. Watching the world cup the past few weeks reminded me what kind of people we have in our nation. We (for a few weeks) enjoyed a similar sense of unity and solidarity that motivated the men who declared our freedom 238 years ago. We are blessed to live in the greatest country on the face of the planet, and we have every veteran, soldier, and even many politicians to thank for their work and sacrifice to preserve our freedom.
2. Work. This week brought obstacles, trials, and frankly some hard questions to which I cannot provide the answers. However, I was gently reminded through Scripture and the wise counsel of some mentors in my life to consider Colossians 4:2, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Although I don’t have the answers today, I can trust in my Savior’s guidance and provision. And I can always give thanks. I’m grateful God has put strong Christian leaders in my work place to help guide my personal development . What a kind Redeemer to give us work we can glorify Him through.
3. Family. Long weekends provide the time to spend with family that is difficult to create otherwise. My wife is not only my best friend, but also the first person to hear my whining, complaining, crazy ideas, and overall frustrations. She is an incredible source of stability as compared to my wild ideation and brainstorming, and I don’t deserve her. Men, if you want to take the next step in your life/work, don’t believe the hype about singleness. Marriage is where it’s at. Additionally, my parents and brothers are a constant source of encouragement and support. Holiday weekends like this one allow for me to realize that more than usual.
I have a ton to be thankful for. The fireworks, the flags, and the euphoria of American pride are a simple reminder of the blessings we get to enjoy every day. What a beautiful country.
I hope you’re able to enjoy and reflect on the blessings granted to you as well. Cheers on this July 4th!