Blessed and favored doesn't even begin to cover it. It still amazes me that God would extend grace and mercy, let alone blessings to those of us who least deserve it.
I was surrounded by friends and family, laughs and the telling of old memories.
I celebrated my twenty-second birthday much like many other Americans do, but unlike so much of the rest of the world. I had the choice of where I would eat. A bill printed for $105 signified good food and full stomachs. What could have fed a distant family for a year was devoured in a little over 2 hours.
Again I will say; I am so very blessed.
When I was younger, birthdays were a race of sorts between my sister and I. Who got the most presents? Who got the most expensive presents? Our birthdays are 22 days apart, and with that came a battle (a fun one of course), to see who reigned supreme.
Looking back on those birthdays, as I sat at dinner with my family last night, I was reminded of how much of God's favor has rested upon me. My family has been through hard times, but at the end of the day, we always made ends meet. We always scraped up enough to pay the bill or fix the car. We've always had food and a roof over our heads.
My birthday, full of love and extravagance, humbled me.
I could have been given any other life. Different parents, different schools, a different living environment. I could have been born with a handicap. I could have grown up in a life of alcohol and drugs.
But I wasn't. I was perfectly placed in the life that God planned for me, all for a reason.
I don't intend to be unappreciative of my blessed life. I intend to soak up every minute and be grateful to God, while taking the blessings He's poured on my life and pour them into the lives of others.
What good are blessings if they go unshared?
Another moment of my life has been etched in stone.
As I enter the life of a twenty-two year old college student, this is my self-reminder:
- Be grateful - Moments pass by all too quickly
- You can never love someone too much...never
- Bless others as you've been blessed
- Above all, love God