It’s weird to not be celebrating Thanksgiving. There aren’t turkeys everywhere. There aren’t huge birds for sale in the supermarket. No one is talking about going home to see family. The 23rd will just be another day in Japan.
Still, I have a lot to be thankful for. I think back to where I was last Thanksgiving. It was a pretty great one. My family and I went and spent Thanksgiving on the beach. I’ll never forget walking along listening to the waves crash in on Thanksgiving day. It was wonderful.
At home though, I was working in a hotel, somewhere I never envisioned myself being. While I was thankful for that job, I knew where I wanted to be, and that was Japan. I had just started talking with Brent and Sandy. Not about being a missionary, but coming to be an English teacher.
Now, I’m sitting here writing in Japan.
My friends from back in Chattanooga skyped me in for their “Friendsgiving.” They asked me, “What are you thankful for?” That’s a really hard question.
I thought to myself, “What don’t I have to be thankful for?” I am a missionary now. I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do. In a year, I’ve come halfway around the world. I feel like God has brought me so far. He’s done so much for me. He’s opened so many doors. I feel very humbled thinking about everything I’ve been given. I’m thankful for friends, and family, and churches who have supported and encouraged me.
As we think about what we’re thankful for, and all that we’ve been given. Let us think of ways we can use those things to bless others.