Thanksgiving provides us a time to reflect on the people, places, things, and experiences that evoke gratitude. During the past week, I couldn’t help but think about the many things that I am grateful for in my own life but the Lord reminded me of one that stood out among the rest.
I began to ponder this thought:
“Sometimes it is essential to look at where you should be in comparison to where you are today”.
Honestly, this is a profound idea to consider. If you were more familiar with where I grew up, I should be living in a trailer, strung out on drugs, raising multiple children by multiple fathers, suffering in an abusive relationship, and the list goes on and on. Instead, I have the privilege of living life with my amazing husband, had the opportunity to receive an amazing education, to share in the lives of so many through my private practice, and experience abundant, undeserved blessing.
The key is to be honest when reflecting on your life. It would be easy for me to say that it is all about me and that I was able to overcome these circumstances on my own. That would be completely false. It has been obedience, divine intervention, and grace that have allowed me to be where I am today. I could not have orchestrated these events with the timing and detail in which they have been arranged.
I am humbled, honored, and abundantly grateful at the thought. So I would like to ask you the same question I asked myself, where are you today and how does it compare to where you “should” be? Hopefully this allows you to see your strength, God’s grace, and how far you truly have come.