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Giving Thanks

November 24, 2018

2 years ago I arrived back in the US after having lived overseas for the past 3.5 years in 3 different countries. I thought I was just coming back for a few holidays and then going back overseas, somewhere. Who knew that 2 years later I’d still be here, albeit in a state I didn’t expect to be in? I’m so thankful for those years overseas for so many reasons. One of the main reasons I’m thankful for that time is that it taught me so much about thankfulness. I am certainly not perfect in this area, but living overseas has definitely made me more thankful for all the little things (and big things). Honestly, we in America have so much to be thankful for.

Clean, warm running water to take showers in. Water that we don’t ever have to wonder about. We know it will just be there when we turn on the tap. Clean, cool water to drink whenever we are thirsty.

Air conditioners. Heaters. Good customer service. Laws that are (more or less) followed and appropriately enforced. Safety. Law enforcement that we can trust to not be bribed. Good roads to drive on. Clean, safe, big houses to live in.

Grocery stores with more fresh, edible food than we could possibly want. Grocery stores with choices. Choices of brands. Of prices. Of flavors. Of sizes.

We have so, so much. Sometimes I think it’s too much. Live overseas for a few years and then come back to America and you will realize we have more than we need. That’s certainly not something I ever thought about until I lived abroad and then came back.

And for that perspective shift I will always be thankful. If living overseas did nothing else for me, that alone would have made it worth it.

So today, I am thankful. Thankful for eyes to see beauty all around me. For health to take walks outside and for beautiful weather to enjoy. For good food to eat and taste buds to appreciate it. For healthy and happy family. For salvation. For a Savior who blesses me far beyond what I could ever hope to deserve. For more clothes than I need. For friends who encourage and inspire me. For a reliable car to drive. For a fun job and health to work. And for so much more.

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