But I think I’ve discovered a way to keep these memories from turning completely blue.
“Be thankful in all circumstances.” Yep. That’s my secret.
Whether happy or sad, be thankful, “...for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” I fully believe God cries with us when we cry out of genuine sadness. And I fully believe He laughs hysterically with us (oh what I would give to hear what God’s laugh sounds like!) when we can barely breathe because we’re laughing (or cry-laughing?) so hard.
We just finished celebrating Thanksgiving last week, and we’re already moving on and looking forward to Christmas. What happened to being thankful? Do we really limit it to one day a year, a week a year, or a month a year?
Or do we limit it to happy times? Do we limit it to the people who gave so much of their lives for us?
|Some of my friends in Uganda (2010)|
Here’s something to chew on:
Can we be thankful for not getting that perfect gift on Christmas?
For realizing we may not have enough money to last us through the month?
For a miscarriage...
For a friendship turned sour…
For a person we despise?
You know what, I’m choosing to be thankful for every moment, every second I got to spend here in Africa; and still get to! I still have a little more than five weeks left to go!
I’m choosing to be thankful for every cultural misunderstanding, every tear I’ve cried or caused to cry, every drop of sweat accumulated in a stuffy building during a long, African event, every bump and bruise… I’m choosing to be thankful for those. And I’m so so very thankful for the amazing times as well, so many I can’t even begin to write here.
|Some of my besties (2015)|
Because, for them,
I AM THANKFUL.