I've always said that the difference between a BIG problem and a SMALL problem is the pronoun. MY problems are always the most important, and YOUR problems are not quite so big!
That really is how most of us live our lives. When a tragedy happens in our life, or in our family, time seems to slow down and we feel the deep hurt. When it is in someone else's life, (or posted on Facebook!), we are concerned, but not nearly with the same intensity.
But in this Thanksgiving season, I want to give thanks to those that have looked beyond their personal world and blessed us. I am reminded of people that have taken time to be concerned about our world, our needs. They have shared our burdens as well as their own. I am thankful for:
- The woman in Port Edwards who recently told Nancy that she has been praying for us daily since we shared at the church 8 years ago.
- The friend who took time with me years ago, letting me absorb his knowledge of photography and guns.
- People who support us faithfully every month, even through tough economic times.
- Friends who have our prayer card in this Bible or on the refrigerator, remembering us in prayer.
- Mary* and Essie* and all the other girls at Freedom Home who have allowed us to be their friends.
- Daughters that bring their joy for life and for Moldova home each night, making me laugh at their infectious energy.
- A wife that is a leader in her own right, caring so much for me and the girls.
- Moldovan pastors that have opened their hearts and are now friends, allowing me to minister alongside them, letting me preach in bad Russian.
- The friend who routinely sends Caribou coffee, just because….
- The church that blessed me by blessing my wife with an iPad.
- Family that put up with the burden of dealing with our junk, our mail, and our absence while we are in Moldova.
- The wonderful friend who labels and stamps our newsletters, taking that load off of us.
- The company that prints our newsletters for free, just because they want to bless missions!
- The cousin who even blessed us with a loaner car the last year we were back in the US.
I know that this list is full of people who have their own troubles and problems. But I am thankful that they cared enough to make MY burdens THEIR burdens as well.
I am praying for that same heart, to BE a blessing as much as to receive one.