Are You Up For A Challenge?

This begins one of my favorite weeks of the year: Thanksgiving week. I love it for its simplicity. It’s a week to focus on what’s important. A reason to stop looking at things you don’t have, and give thanks for the things you do have.

I am thankful that I have a Savior in Jesus, who loves me unconditionally. He cannot love me more, He cannot love me less.

I am thankful for my wife, Patty. She’s my best friend. She’s my helper, and she’s an incredible supporter.

I am thankful for my 4 children. Casey, Sammy, Tommy and Eliza. I have been so blessed to witness their kind, compassionate hearts. I’m grateful for their love for people. It inspires me, and makes my heart proud.

I’m grateful for my 3:30 a.m. alarm clock. Yes, no joke! That’s when I wake up for work. I have a unique job. It pushes, and challenges me. I believe we all need more encouragement in this world. And, if I have been raised up to bring a little encouragement on the radio, I’ll get my booty out of bed!

I’m also incredibly grateful for my health. It’s something I probably take for granted. (Until an injury hits) My health has allowed me to meet some of the most genuine people: the running community. We sweat. We chat. We encourage. We’ve cried. We’ve laughed. We’ve cheered. Without my health, these friends, (you) might not be in my path today.

This is a very small list of my thankful things. But, it does cause me to reflect and realize how blessed I truly am.

Now, ready for your challenge? I challenge you to do the same thing. Jot down, in 20 minutes, what you’re thankful for. It really should come pretty easy when you stop, and reflect. (Yes, I’ve written this in 20 minutes, in between bites of an omelet and sips of coffee)

Feel free to write them in the comments below. You could encourage another friend today, too.

Give thanks this week, and always run by faith!

I’m thankful for my bride, Patty.

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