1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Well bam. That’ll put a little gratitude in your step, eh?
5 things for which I am grateful:
1) The root of all gratitude: God and my relationship with Him. It’s unfortunate that I often forget how awesome that is and spend a lot of time whining to Him for not making my life go as I would have it. Idiot child.
2) Visiting new cities. One last week, one this week. I’ve got my directions to used bookstores and cool parks lined up and ready to go. With any luck, Tarek and I will be able to find a place that sells baguettes and cheese and buy some for a picnic lunch today in an attempt to re-live our glory days.
3) My high school years. Oh, such good years. While most people conceive of boarding school as something akin to military boot camp, mine was far from it–a place where I was enveloped in one of the most tightly knit communities I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing; a place where I underwent some of the most fundamental growth of my life; a place where I met wonderful people like the previously mentioned Michele and Tarek. I’m so blessed to have had such a rich relational experience at such a young age.
4) Opportunities to serve. I’m exceedingly shy around new people and in new situations, with the definition of “new” including anyone and anything I haven’t known for at least two years. This can obviously have a damper on my willingness to serve with the wild abandon I’d like to have. So even as I force myself to break down some of the barriers to service that lie within myself, I’m thankful for the opportunities that just “fall into my lap,” as it were.
5) Google Maps. It gets me where I need to go with 98% accuracy. I’m also thankful for my friend Zach, who is always on standby during the 2% of times when I get really, really lost and find myself in Alabama when all I wanted to do was find Michigan. I am a very frustrating person to direct, being directionally challenged and unable to translate aural directions into cold, hard action. Zach is very gracious. Zach is going to be waiting by the phone all day today. . .right, Zach?
Ok, mon ami(s), it’s your turn: what are you grateful for today?
(And allow me to reiterate once again how much I love you all and appreciate you for joining in! It encourages me deeply to read your comments).