Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thankful December

This is from Jon Acuff

Don’t hold this.

Hands full of old bitterness are too full to hold new opportunities.

Holding an old grudge leaves you incapable to hold new hope.

If you lost this year, and we both did because losing is part of trying, let it go.

Mourn it.

Admit that it hurt.

Yell and ball your fists tight if you must.

And then forgive.


Take another step.

Bitterness is a weed faster than kudzu, a poison quicker than cyanide.

The only way to kill bitterness is with the antidote of gratefulness.

Be thankful.

Be appreciative.

Walk forward with a sense of wonder of how good the year has been.

Never carry bitterness.

It’s the worst thing to pack on an adventure.

Question: What’s one thing you are thankful for this year?

My marriage. I am thankful that we got through the year without any marital melt-downs. The Fall months are always tough but we made it. I recognized many signs and had my full armor on. We are approaching eighteen years in 2014. There have been more bad times than good. But that's marriage. For better or worse. There have been more financially strapped times than plenty. But that's marriage. For richer or poor. And with the grace of God we are both doing well physically. We have been going to the gym at least six days a week for over a month. Yes, that is part of marriage. In sickness and in health.

"Marriage isn't 50/50 like many think. Divorce is 50/50. Marriage has to be 100/100. Marriage isn't dividing everything in half, but giving everything you've got." Dave Willis

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