Love you for who you are and do not compare or measure yourself based on others. Everyone has their own unique blessings and challenges.

It is alright to admire and look up to others as role models but be careful how you look up to others. Everyone’s battles and or challenges are different. A lot of times we admire other people and wish and want to be like them.

We believe they are more blessed than we ever can be.

We think others were born with golden spoons and so on but little do we know what they are facing (their lions) or have had to go throughor still going through to be where they are or maybe you think you know what they are dealing with but my friend it could look like nothing to you but a lotto them because of how unique the Lord made us all.

Carrying another person’s load (or facing their Lion) is way more difficult than we see and imagine from a distance.

Always be contented with what you are and where you are in live at that time while looking forward but never let anyone make you feel like you are not enough or that you need to measure yourself up with someone else. Stay true to who you are and be thankful and rejoice with others when they get blessed.

A friend of mine reminded me of how thankful we ought to be about the little things in our lives.

That reminded me of a point in my life when I realized how we take the simple things in life for granted.

Before I had open heart surgery in 2012, the surgeon told me I would have to learn to walk again after the surgery and so on.. I remember laughing at him and saying I was only 34 years old and very active so there was no way I was going to not walk. I told the doctor “learning how to walk again” was for much older folks not for me. But guess what? a few days after I had the open-heart surgery, a physical therapist came by my room and told me that she needed to take me out of bed to help me walk again. I said ok (just to be obedient and a good patient) and that I was going to do it myself so all I really needed her to do was to hold on to the stand that all the tubes coming out from my body organs were connected to. She smiled and said ok (looking back now I believe she was laughing at me within herself) but also reminded me that she was there to help.

Feeling like I knew me and had total control of whatever only God knows what. With help I stood up from the bed and held on to the stands tried to move my right leg but couldn’t then tried the left leg and still couldn’t. That scared me. I tried again to move both legs and still couldn’t then tears fell off my eyes. Phew!!the doctor was right all along but most importantly what ran through my mind was just how we take the very small things we are blessed with for granted. Walking, talking, eating, breathing smiling and even being able to feel for granted.

“You only know what you have when you don’t have it anymore”

That day I learnt so today I am thankful for so many things some of which I will list out below.

1. I am thankful for waking up this morning healthy and happy

2. I am thankful for being able to breath

3. I am thankful for being healthy and at home with my family

4. I am thankful for being able to see 2021

5. I am thankful for my life, my challenges, my success and my failures too.

6. I am thankful to be able to share my feelings and testimonies.

7. I am thankful that the Lord can use me as a channel to bless someone else.

8. I am thankful for the people the Lord put in place for me and also those that allowed the Lord to use them for the benefit of me whether they knew it or didn’t.

9. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to repent and ask for forgiveness. The opportunity to reset the clock on certain things in my life.

10. I am thankful for being able to know that it’s not too late to count my blessings and name them one by one.

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