Of all the many gifts that we receive, learning to be thankful and express our gratitude is probably one thing that nearly every person has to learn to do. After all, the most commonly used word that parents probably say to their little toddlers is “What do you say? Say thank you!” I remember being a child and having people compliment me or give me a gift, and mom would always have me say thank you. Or write a thank you card. But it never came easy. It was one thing to smile politely and walk away, but it’s another to actually write a card, or know what to say to someone.
After years of learning to express how to be thankful, you would think that it would become easier. Yet, in a situation that I have been placed, located on a beautiful, paradise island, and watching the most adorable children ever, I wonder how I could ever express the proper thanks to those who have made it possible for me to get here. Somehow a thank you isn’t enough. But sometimes it’s all that one can say.
I’m thankful for my family, for the way I was raised, for two loving parents who didn’t hold me back but let me try new things, including going over 1,000 miles away from home and serving in a whole new country. I’m thankful for my brothers and sisters, sharing their lives with me, even when I can’t be with them. I’m thankful for the family I’ve been placed in, God has blessed me so much through them.
I’m thankful for my friends who pushed me to think about life differently. I’m glad that they prodded me, encouraged me, and delighted with me in the new steps of my journey. I don’t know where I would be if they had never given and sent words of encouragement, that they’ll always be a text message away if I ever need them. God’s blessed me with true friends.
I’m thankful for church family who supported me. For the way they would stop me and tell me that they were praying for me, or wanted to help me financially. I’m so grateful for the help my church has been, for the way they ask me questions to show they are interested, to email me and check up on me, to surprise me with loving gifts. God has blessed me with such wonderful, amazing people.
Family, friends and faithful supporters, you are the ones who have helped me and continue to help me. I’m so grateful and thankful and I wish that I could take all the love and happiness I feel from you all and pour it back into your lives. Sometimes it just overwhelms me and like a cup that is too full of water (or love) all I want is to let that overflow into other people’s cups, so that they may feel and know and experience the same sort of love that I have experienced.
God has blessed me with each one of you and I am truly thankful.