As I lay in bed attempting to sleep off the food coma that always seems to come with Thanksgiving, I can’t help but smile. Sometimes it can seem like the world is so evil and there are just bad things happening left and right – Paris, school shootings, natural disasters, etc. but as I lay here, I’m reminded of all the beauty in the world.
In our most raw form, God made us in his image. That image was a reflection of relationship. We were made for community. We were made to do life together. We were made to love and be loved. Sitting around the table today, my family took time to speak life, truth, and thankfulness into one another. This was a beautiful time of just honesty and beauty that I’m sure will become a tradition. I sat, and I listened to all these people I respect share such incredible stories and qualities that they see in one another and that I see in each one of them individually. I was reminded of what an impact just one of our lives can make on another. We have the ability to bring beauty to the ugliness.
That relationship that God created us for is what makes the world beautiful. It’s one thing to think you are compassionate or kind, but it’s a completely different thing for someone you love to see those things in you and verbalize them. That can only happen in relationship. Sure, as humans, we are flawed, and we definitely contribute to the evil in the world, but we have a redemptive quality in us. It’s incredible how much a relationship can impact a person. Relationships speaks truth, they change the trajectory of a person’s life, they empower. I’m incredibly grateful for all the relationships I have in my life. I’m thankful for the number of people who have poured into me over the last 22 years of my life. I’m grateful for the relationships that have built me up and empowered me, and I’m thankful for the relationships that have completely wrecked and broken me because they led me to a place of transformation. I’m excited for the budding relationships in my life, and I can’t wait for the numerous ways relationships will impact my life and others in the next year.