(i originally wrote and posted to this renown last Thanksgiving, November 24, 2011. still thankful for the same stuff. just a couple add-ons i wrote about yesterday HERE.)
today (and every day) i'm thankful for...
a God Who is the greatest Thing in the universe & loves me and has
invited me into the greatest mission and story imaginable.
an amazing wife who i don't deserve but who sticks by me no matter what
& who is more beautiful than i ever imagined a girl being. the
perfect mate. ("you complete me... kitchen matey")
a brand new baby daughter who has completely captured everything inside
of me and has introduced me to new joys and spaces in my heart that i
never even knew existed!
a Mom & Dad who are the greatest parents in the world. God knew what i needed when He hooked me up to be raised by them.
1 grandmother who is still alive and gets to meet her 1st great granddaughter tomorrow.
some really awesome friends who are almost like family in many ways -
who care so much about me and love on me, cheer for me, stick with me
blessings and blessings like crazy. Somebody backed up the blessing truck and has been dumping them on me for 28 years.
the responsibility to BE a blessing with the blessings i've been given. the joy of blessing others.
this amazing creation all around me that overwhelms me with awe every
time i look up... created for no other reason than for us to say "wow,
that's beautiful. Whoever made that is pretty awesome."
some pretty darn cool in-laws who are now grandparents that love us like crazy.
limbs and sight and hearing and a voice (that can't sing well at all)
the ability to run, jump, play after a doctor said 8 years ago that i wouldn't do that stuff again
a job that i LOVE. it's a privilege to be a part of a movement that's so
much bigger than me or anyone else and the fact that i get to do
something i love every single day and actually get paid to do it.
doesn't seem fair.
sabbath - when i get to take a break from that work i love. that act of just being/resting
all the really cool accents in the world
the team of people i get to work with. they are awesome. so much better than working with a team of people that aren't awesome.
2 cars that run. are you kidding me? how freaking rich are we?
a house and neighborhood and neighbors that are all really nice.
a God who is bringing this revolution that we and all of creation longs for.
the unstoppable vision birthed in my soul to launch a movement that will
change the world & the vision that keeps coming and coming for how
to create the beginnings
bloomin' onion sauce
Ridge Church - my church, this community of people on mission together in Charlotte.
a space like renown where i can flesh out my thoughts and try to make sense of what's inside my head
the BEAUTIFUL game
teams of amazing volunteers that i get to serve on mission with
music (except country)
the ability to express worship
things that are funny
the ability to learn
revolutionaries - past & present
hugs from my wife
the technology for double lung transplants
the ability to pass through a day without it passing me by
...and the fact that it always wins
renown, the only thing that really matters. the only renown that can satisfy. the only true unending fame.