December 31, 2012

Thankful. That’s the simple word that comes to mind when I reflect on the life I’ve been given. As I began to build out this blog, I wanted to start with this theme as the foundation. I have much to be thankful for, and as I write I hope to give you a window into what I’m learning.

Thankfulness is one of those things that is more of an attitude to maintain than something defined by circumstances. One of the most challenging things I’ve read is this simple line: “give thanks in all circumstances.” All circumstances, really? It’s easy when you feel on top of life, or when you’re sitting around a food-filled table at Thanksgiving dinner; but how about when you’re lying sick in bed, struggling financially or mourning the loss of a loved one?


I want to be a thankful person, and I’ve learned that sometimes thankfulness requires routinely looking for the blessings and gifts rather than focusing on the things that aren’t perfect or didn’t go my way.

As I write this, it’s a season of grace upon grace—I don’t have to look far to see how I’ve been blessed. The struggle today is to not feel entitled and not take these blessings for granted, but to instead express an earnest and thankful joy. Enough with the set-up; here it is:

  • I’m thankful for a God who adopts me as his son.
  • I’m thankful for my wife Crystal Grace and the gift she is; we’ve been married 13 years this month.
  • I’m thankful for my four kids, Caleb, Kara, Orin and Haley.  Each their own and such a gift.
  • I’m thankful for my church community.
  • I’m thankful for the next phase of my career as a Co-President of Storyville Coffee Company.

There is much more I could add to this list…and I will, as the days and months go on.

Lastly, thank you for joining me in this journey.