Appreciation

Matt and I met one of our neighbours from the building next to us this weekend – a young man from India (younger than us!) who is here studying. We got his number from the Keidanns (Pastor John met him on the TTC, need I say more?) and invited him to church with us. He is a Christian and doesn’t have a home church here yet, so he came with us, and then he came over last night to watch a movie with some friends of ours (thanks for the Christmas baking Mom, it helps us be star hosts even when our fridge is empty!).

I don’t know how his apartment is, but it might not matter because it sounds like he’s not there for much more than sleeping. While he is doing post-grad studies, S (no need to drop his name on the internet) also has a job doing cleaning work – sometimes a 12 hour night shift from 8pm-8am. After he finishes work, he goes to school. After school he sleeps until work – he said usually about 4 hours. I almost felt bad for inviting him over because he could have used the two hours we spent watching X-Men to sleep!
SO I am making an effort not to whine about the fullness of my life – waking up around 6 for work, seeing friends, having hobbies, trying new recipes, finally blogging some of the thoughts that have been bouncing around my mind. I am grateful that I get to sleep at nighttime, that I come home to a husband and a dog, that our apartment is Christmassy as of yesterday. I am grateful for a job I sit down at, where I use the internet on my lunch and hope for a year-end bonus.
God is truly so good to us, and when I realize how abundantly generous he is it makes my fears and clingyness seem very small and foolish. So I am hoping that the fullness I feel shines through, that I continue to appreciate what I have, and that maybe all of the goodness will catch on for others as well. In the busyness of life, just feeling happy is very refreshing 🙂

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Susan 13-12-2010, 22:23

I agree that just feeling happy is very refreshing. Well said! It's always good to get a grip on our "whiney" minds…

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Alyssa 14-12-2010, 01:37

Is there a love language about commenting on blogs? I feel loved that you read my blog within hours of posting it!

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Susan 15-12-2010, 14:18

I'm glad that you feel loved – because you absolutely are! …even when it's more than a few hours since you posted before I comment. Actually often I read and don't leave a comment because you've got me thinking and I'm not sure how to articulate my thoughts~

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