Enjoying the rewards

Today I’m happy to say that I’m going snowboarding with my husband. I obviously enjoy being with my husband & snowboarding is quite wonderful as well! But the time I enjoy with snowboarding is a direct result of lots of failures, falling down & painful crashes. During my first year of snowboarding, I dislocated my shoulder, hurt my back so bad that the ski patrol had to sled my down the mountain & I hit my head so hard that I received a concussion through my helmet. But today, I really enjoy snowboarding & I don’t get hurt 🙂
A steep learning curve can have totally enjoyable results if we don’t quit too early 🙂

Is there a problem with Thanksgiving?

Tomorrow is our wonderful American holiday of Thanksgiving, the day when we do some of these activities: overeat, watch football, enjoy or tolerate family & cook boatloads of food, among lots of other things. Generally, Thanksgiving is perceived as a nice holiday & to be really honest, I’m close to deciding that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
With all that being said, here are a few problems that we can work on to make this an awesome holiday:
*culmination rather than celebration: lets aim to make gratitude a lifestyle rather than a 1 day event
*just like turkey & stuffing make a nice complement, so do thanksgiving & forgiveness 🙂
*fellowship trumps football – ‘nuf said ,)

anticipation

I have this eating trick that’s kind of stupid, but it works for me: whatever I like the least is what I eat first & whatever I like the best, I save for the last, so that I have something to look forward to.  There’s a whole psyche that lies behind this strategy, but that’s a story for another day ,)

My point is that I have a plan that helps me to look forward to something that I enjoy.  Maybe this is why God created mankind last when God created the world.  Perhaps God waits with eager anticipation to get to be with us – waiting for those moments when we turn our attention to God and give some of our time and presence to our Creator.  I have this strong conviction that the fundamental purpose that God created us is to have fellowship with God.  With this in mind, the fellowship we get to have is sacred, relished and wholly pleasing to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (that’s alot of pleasure!!).  God looks forward to getting to be with you today 🙂