Friends and Thankfulness

On Friday night we hosted a few friends round that we’ve not seen in a very very long time. These guys were all part of the Church youth group we went to when we were teenagers. We all headed off to uni and this Easter break was a good time to meet up and catch up.

I’ve never been to a school reunion so I don’t know if this is normal, but we all got on so well. It was really nice that the old friendships weren’t awkward or stunted coming back together.

I wanted to share a few things that really stood out to me from our hanging out:

Two of the guys who came are brothers, who both have an older brother. The youngest is graduating this year. They were telling us about their plan and I thought this is so cool! In September their going to be moving into the same rented house together, and pooling all their money together in order to buy a house with no mortgage! WOW. They were telling me, they’ve already been saving for a while and have enough to buy a really cheap place already! I find this so cool and great, that they get on so well and have a plan they can all get behind!

Secondly after food we started playing a few games. One I bought recently is called: 100 Questions (it’s really great, although it’s quite expensive for what it actually is – so I’d keep an eye out for 2nd hand). Anyways, I bought it because a guy who works with the Navs in Nottingham said its a great tool for conversations with strangers. We basically ask a question and everyone takes it in turn answering it. One question said ‘Do people envy you?’ And I added (if they do why? or in what way?). The other guy who came gave such a thought provoking answer. He said that he reckons people envy him because he grew up in a stable family with both parents.

This is something that’s very true of me, and I don’t half way appreciate it as much as I probably should. It’s odd how we can forget to be thankful for the amazing things that are constant, like our health, family, job ect. Because when these things are missing you notice!

Father I pray that you’d open my eyes to see all the amazing way You have already blessed and provided for me in this life. I thank You for the things which are constant and that I probably take for granted. Please help me to live with thankfulness and understanding.  

 

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