Giving Thanks After Thanksgiving

Today I was hit by a very real and very crazy realization:

IT’S ALREADY DECEMBER!

Please excuse the excitement, but it really is hard for me to not get excited around Christmas time. It is without a doubt my favorite time of year. I’ll probably go more into why I love Christmas time at a later date, but realizing that today is the first of December I began to think about how quickly this year has gone by.

I mean, I can literally remember what I was doing in my life the same time one year ago. To say that this year has been a “blur” would be an understatement. The change that’s happened in me has been unreal, and the men and women who have contributed to this change, I view in very high regard.

While at work, my manager contributed in a small, but significant way by sharing an attitude he was choosing to have throughout the day, and let me say that it was AWESOME! I’ll do my best to summarize:

“I’m choosing to find the good things, even when the situation is bad”

Short, sweet, and pretty convicting. How often do we actively choose to look at the good things whenever we’re right smack-dab in the middle of really lousy situation? Taking it one step further; how often do we actively choose to be thankful for those good things?

Just because Thanksgiving as a holiday is over, doesn’t mean that we should stop being thankful for the many small, but significant things that happen to us on a day-to-day basis.

Our lives will, in essence, be a self-fulfilling prophesy one way or another. Either you can be joyful and thankful in your outlook on everything, or you can be angry and resentful.

The cool thing is that you genuinely have the choice on how you view the world and how you respond to it. Will it be positive or negative? The choice is only yours to make.

My Trip to the Arctic Tundra pt. II

Before I continue with this post, I sincerely want to apologize for not posting anything the past three days. One of the negatives about being in close proximity with family for extended periods of time is that sickness travels quickly. So again, I deeply apologize.

As my trip in Maine has come to an end and I’m sitting in the Baltimore airport with my parents, I can’t help but feel completely blessed for the time I was given to rest, relax, and enjoy time with family that is rarely available.

For the first time ever, I was able to see snow more the a quarter of an inch, and it was beautiful (both pictures posted were taken from Maine)! Seeing family, like I mentioned earlier, was great as well.

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I know this is a very ambiguous post, and it’s mainly due to having a hard time fully expressing my happiness about it all. God is so good, and he has blessed me far beyond anything I deserve.

There’s definitely more to come. Stay tuned for more thoughts, ideas, and all that jazz.

Pre-Thanksgiving Thoughts

Today marks the second post for my thoughts on the sermon at church, which I’ve decided to called the Sunday Supposition. That being said, this particular post won’t correlate exactly with the sermon, it has more to do with my thoughts inspired by the sermon and throughout the day.

While I intend to post more about this topic on the actual day, I’d like to talk about an aspect of Thanksgiving that I feel is particularly important and often times over looked; BEING THANKFUL FOR THE SMALL THINGS.

I, sadly, don’t have the opportunity to see my family very often. We live on completely opposite sides of the country, so visits are very infrequent. However, while I’ve been here and spending time with them, I can’t be anything but joyful at just the simple fact that I get to spend time with them.

Today, outside of going to church, I got to see my cousin perform in a play for her school. Just having the opportunity to do that was awesome, and I wish I could do it more.

The lesson I’ve been learning is to sit back and find joy in the smaller things that you might be over-looking. Those are the things that will more than likely bring you the most happiness day in and day out.

My Trip to the Arctic Tundra: Pt. 1

So, in complete honesty I’m not in the Arctic Tundra; I’m in Maine (close enough). So far, I have to say that this is an absolutely beautiful state. It’s cold, there’s snow, trees – pretty much the opposite of Texas.

Being able to see my family is incredibly great as well. Living so far away from each other, we don’t get to see one another very often.

Today I was able to see the majority of my family, got a good run with an uncle, destroyed a cousin in Super Smash Bros. It’s been pretty great.

Tomorrow I can say for certainty that my posts will be more “normal”. I was thinking that this would be fun to try talking about some different things, and for this to be a look into the events going on in my life.

Anyways, thanks a bunch for dropping by! I really do appreciate everyone who takes the time to drop by and read the stuff I write about. While there aren’t 14 million people reading per day, I’m still incredibly humbled that anyone at all stops by to read. If anyone has any advice or suggestions to make this blog better, I would love to hear them! Just leave a comment, or email me at lukevanley@gmail.com.

Be on the lookout for some beautiful pictures (or as beautiful as I can get) and some more thought-provoking posts soon! Thanks again!!