… Because I’m Thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I love this holiday, and not just because we finally get a (far too short) break from school.  I have so much to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for my family, for my friends, for Skype and Facebook, for music, for the amazing camp that I’ve been able to volunteer with for six years now, for my school and all of the opportunities it offers, for RUF, for hugs, for love, for second chances, for hope, and so much more.

In fact, I’m a Christian because I’m thankful.

I can’t believe that all of these things came my way accidentally, or that it’s a coincidence that things just “work out” perfectly.  Even being at the school that I’m at now is a testament to that- I did not at all want to go to this particular school.  I had had my heart set on someplace else since freshman year.  But the door to the school I’m at now was essentially flung open through a generous scholarship and the door to the school I wanted to go to slowly started closing.  I trudged to orientation and grumbled through a good portion of my freshman year, but walking around campus the other day, I suddenly thought, “I love this school.”

At the other school, I never would have gotten the prestigious internships that I have, gotten to work in multiple psychology labs, and been able to prepare for grad school the way that I have at my current university.

And even more than God’s willingness to jump in and help me with my sometimes miniscule problems, He was willing to help me in terms of what’s happening with my eternal life.  He was willing to die for me when I was ignoring His existence.

The pastor at the church I’m currently attending used to always say that our lives should be telling God “I love you too.”  I’m grateful to You, Lord, for all that You have done for me and for all that You have promised, and even for all that is yet to come.  And I want to live like it.  I know that I am dearly loved, and I want to in turn live a life of love and be a representation of Christ’s love to the rest of the world- a mini-Christ, as it were.  And that’s actually the literal definition of “Christian.”

What are you thankful for?  I hope you have some good time to reflect on all of your blessings and I pray that you have a wonderful, relaxing day!

❤ Marissa

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