Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Forgetting what is behind, and straining toward what is ahead...
For me, this year has been filled with an enormous amount of blessing…and a great deal of loss. John and I have been overwhelmed by the bounty of God’s blessing in our lives this year. And I wonder sometimes if the losses that we have experienced have been the true catalyst for our sincere joy. I suppose it’s in the face of loss that one realizes where true joys are to be found.
This year, as some of you know, I lost my dear Uncle Abe. Shortly after that loss, another dear friend of ours was suddenly taken to heaven. Last week I went to visit his wife. I thought it would be a good time of sharing and a time to encourage her in her time of need. What I didn’t expect, is that she would be the one to challenge and encourage me far beyond what I anticipated.
As we were chatting, she was describing her relationship with her beloved husband. One thing she said to me I will never forget, “When I look back, I am thankful that I have no regrets about the way we loved each other”.
I am absolutely challenged by that statement. And this Thanksgiving, more than anything else, I am challenged to live that out. I want to be a woman who has no regrets in the way that I love, recognizing every moment as a most precious and temporary gift.
First and foremost I am thankful for my Lord. Thankful for the undeserved grace that is lavished upon me every single day, graces that are new every morning. I want to live a life of no regrets in how I love my Lord.
Second, I am thankful for my precious husband. I never believed that there was “one special person out there made just for me”, until I met him. He was fashioned for me, as a gift from my God, in every little way. I am so thankful for his integrity, his humility, his heart and the love he showers on me everyday. I want to live a life of no regrets in how I love him.
Thirdly, I am so thankful for my family. I can’t say my family is perfect- no family is, but I can say with confidence that it’s an incredible thing to be fully and completely loved, supported, and accepted by them- no matter what. My parents are two of my best friends, and my brother is one of the greatest men to walk the face of this earth. I want to life a life of no regrets in how I love them.
Lastly, I am thankful for my friends- for all the special people that God has placed in my life. Each one of you is a unique piece that could never be replaced. I want to live a life of no regrets in how I love each of you.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
May we love with no regrets.
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