As this Thanksgiving Holiday comes to a close, I have a few thoughts for anyone willing to listen:
I LIVE A BEAUTIFUL LIFE. It’s not always easy to see how beautiful this life is, but this makes it no less beautiful. I’m not referring to a life-that’s-beautiful-because-there-are-people-whose-lives-are-worse-than-mine-and-therefore-it’s-a-relatively-beautiful-one type of life. Instead, I am asserting that in and of itself, it is beautiful.
BELIEVE ME when I say that it’s not beautiful because it is devoid of pain, tragedy, rejection, frustration, disappointment, insufficiency, and the like, because you would likely be surprised by some realities of my life if I took the time to write them out. (I’ll spare you.) Some might wonder then, “What exactly makes your life so beautiful?”
The thing is, folks, I can say with great confidence that the secret to life has been revealed to me. But this secret may very well go against the very fundamentals of what you were raised to believe, as it does for me. Nonetheless, here it is: LIFE IS NOT ABOUT ME, MYSELF, AND I. I am not the most important person in my life. My life does not revolve around me. My life is not lived solely for the purpose of being happy. Thankfully, this brief period in time that I live my life comes with an opportunity- NO- comes with an invitation to join in on something much greater than simply my insignificant self. This something that I speak of in its purest of forms can be simplified as LOVE.
I love my God… I love others… And I have chosen to live a life striving, with everything inside me, to reflect these truths. There are times when this seems easy… There are times when this seems impossible… But through it all, there exists a peace and a joy that is beyond my ability to ever fully understand. I do know this: I LOVE TO LOVE. I love being a father. I loved being a husband. I love being a pastor. I love serving my community. I love walking alongside youth. I love pouring every ounce of myself out in service to others. I love the feeling I get when I find myself physically exhausted from playing my small part in an event to love on others.
And on this Thanksgiving Day 2013, I realize, maybe more than ever, that I have so much to be thankful for. In the midst of life’s struggles that still come at me each day, I am so grateful. And so wherever you find yourself in life this Holiday Season, and despite whatever trials you are facing, I leave you with a bit of advice… Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. In the midst of it all… Choose Love, seek Peace, and fight for Joy.
And so to you, whomever you are: THANK YOU! I thank you for giving me the opportunity to love you in whatever small or grand capacity you allow me to do so. And finally to everyone who reads my late night tangent thoughts, I charge you with this: LIVE A BEAUTIFUL LIFE.