My trucks name is Betsy. Named from the famous Betsy Wetsy doll. Sometimes she is a little leaky in the fluids. But that’s ok. Everyone has leaky moments. She is getting a super geriatric. She has been parked in the back yard of my parents house for a year and has had a wee bit of trouble getting up and running again. Poor thing is completely out of alignment and so she leans far right and groans and sputters when she has to turn left. Her oil pressure gage bounces all over the place and she is only getting about nine miles to the gallon. Her bum fishtails on ice and she has completely forgotten how to do cruise control. She has a rusty patch above her windshield which gives her a particular look, as if she has a unibrow. My point is… my lil ute is having trouble getting her gitty-up on.
But ….. I am so thankful to be driving her again. I sometimes need to kick myself in the pants to remember just how thankful to God I am for all the amazing blessings in my life. I am beyond blessed to merely be alive. I’m thankful for a rusty feeble lil truck to take me on new adventures.
What is a true thankful heart? What does this really look like? Because I want that. I want to wake every morning with a smile and know that each moment is a true gift from God.
Life is not always perfect. Some days we are in a hot smelly pile of poo and we are unsure how to even pull ourselves out of the funk around us. We have a little more rust than usual and maybe even have leaky fluids. It is in these moments I want to be most thankful and reliant on God. I want to look up and giggle like a child with glee and thanksgiving. Even when I’m stuck in stinky self pity. It is my hearts desire to be most thankful in these times. To choose a joyful thankful heart.
Today I offer you a challenge. The challenge is to be thankful. To make a list of 10 things you are thankful for today.
I am so thankful. I am so thankful that I just had a life changing experience. I am so thankful that I am home in the arms of some very beautiful friends. I am so thankful for the homecoming my parents gave me. I’m so thankful for the welcome signs in my apartment. I am so thankful for the groceries given. I am so thankful to come home to a job a love. I am so thankful for the deep friendships I made in Australia. I am thankful for the opportunities to meet people from all over the world. I am so thankful I have a new outlook on life. I am so thankful I have become a better version of myself. I am thankful for the sobs from leaving friendships behind, because each tear means I love my dear friends. I am thankful to be connecting to new people and adventures. I am so thankful to God for blessing me each and every day.
Today…I choose thankfulness.