The Little Things We Learn
Two months ago today, I became a youth director again. I moved from Arizona to Houston, Texas to minister to young people. These past two months have been extremely busy, but encouraging. I love the church I am at, and I have the pleasure of working with amazing students. Over the past two months I have grown in my faith, and it wasn’t a bunch of huge experiences, it was a few little things.
One of those little things came during our Jr. High mission trip. After arriving at our destination, we were informed that we would help run an after school VBS for kids in La Feria, TX. The first day was amazing! Our students did a great job working with the kids of La Feria and we were excited to go back the next day. Upon our return to the church, we found a woman praying in Spanish. Now, I am not a Spanish speaker. I took Spanish in high school, but what I learned, long ago, exited stage left. One word I do know is “gracias”. As we entered the small church the contrast between the brightness of the sun outside, and the dimness of the sanctuary was enough to make my pupils shrink quickly. As I regained my sight, I saw the woman praying. With tears in her eyes, and pain in her voice, she prayed. The whole conversation was in Spanish, but the word I heard over and over was, “Gracias”. I could tell that she came before God with a heavy heart, and knowing the area, she probably did not have the same luxuries most of us have. Even though she was visibly shaken by life, she never stopped thanking God. That changed me!
I have a lot to be thankful for. I have an amazing wife who loves me. I have a wonderful family that has supported me. I have a church family that has been nothing short of a blessing to my wife and I. I have a Savior who took on my sin, and gave me his righteousness, so that I could live with God for eternity. I have a lot to be thankful for, and that little thing I learned reminded me to always be thankful.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV)
Never stop being thankful, as I strive to do the same.
Thanks for reading.