DAY 12: FIVE BLESSINGS IN MY LIFE
I really don’t know how I would have coped these last couple of weeks if I have God’ peace. I know this may sound so cliché, but I’m so grateful for God, and just for His presence. This magnanimous gift of grace that He’s freely given to us is not something we can ever earn by our righteous doing. Through His sacrifice on the cross, we have an all-access pass to the kingdom. No priests, no incense burning. Just belief in God.
I’m grateful for all that He is, that He calls me worthy, that He calls me His own.
The more I see of the world the more grateful I am to have been raised the way I was. My mum and dad did the best they knew how to ensure their children were properly educated and well-behaved, and I think I’m turning out pretty okay.
I’m grateful for the hardwork they put in and sacrifices they made in ensuring that we had all we needed to grow and learn. I’m less sheltered from reality now, and I see that a lot of families could barely afford three square meals a day. It’s saddens me that this is a reality for many, and it also humbles me because I know that being born into my family was a choice I had no control over. It could have been me in their shoes.
FRIENDSHIPS & GODLY COMMUNITY:
The old saying goes, show me your friend and I will tell you who you are. Association is so important, and to be surrounded by the amazing people I have in my life makes me so grateful. The people around me inspire me to be a better version of myself each day, and I’m so grateful for that. I hope I return the favor.
I know, I know, another cliché. But that’s what studying medicine does to you; you realise the importance of it. Through major strides in medical advancements, millions of lives have been helped. HIV does not equate to an immediate death anymore. Women who are unable to birth their babies vaginally can undergo a Caesarian section to ensure both mother and baby are healthy. Did you know that there was a time anesthesia did not exist but surgeries were still being performed on awake patients?
Through proper use of medicine we get to provide solutions and improve peoples’ quality of life. That’s why I always wanted to be a doctor, to help people.
This is a blessing I tend to underrate. I wake up, and like clockwork I go through all the activities in each day, like I did the day before, and like I think I will do the day after. I barely remember how much of a blessing it is to be able to perform these “everyday” tasks. To get up from bed, to walk around, to go urinate when I feel the urge to, to eat and drink, to see, to hear, to talk, to blink. These things seem so basic, but to someone who is paralyzed from the waist down, walking doesn’t seem basic at all. In fact, it is more of a miracle.
I’m learning to not take these blessings for granted, and to be thankful for each day I get to spend on earth with the people I love, fulfilling purpose.
What are you grateful for? Make a list of at least five things you’re grateful to have. It puts things in perspective, trust me. We’ll all enjoy life better if we constantly try to have an outlook of gratitude.
Day 12: Check.