It’s Monday morning and another weekend has literally flown by. I like to start
Monday mornings reflecting on all the things I am thankful for, and over the weekend I had the chance to spend it with people I love during a variety of fun activities, each which is a reminder of this. Being thankful.

Saturday morning started with the Better Business Brunch by New Leaf Ventures, where this month, David was able to share his views on Training. Training is one of those areas that every business needs help with, as it’s not easy to get a system in place which people not only learn from, but are able to integrate into their daily habits and skills for long lasting productivity to help the company grow. Then, factor in the individual needs of each employee, their personal responsibilities, characteristics, Learning style, and it’s obvious this is not an easy job. And this leads me to my first thought for the day…

It’s so easy to compare ourselves to others. We observe their shell, as most of the time these are people we don’t even know, yet we compare what we have to them, and more often, and shamefully, we feel bad or annoyed or insecure that they have ‘more’ than us, that they have things we would love to have, that they are more blessed than us. But this is so far from true, which reminds me to be thankful for our uniqueness. Despite the millions of people in this world, God made us so unique that there is not one thumbprint the same as another. Imagine that! He gave us skills and talents and everything we need, not just to bless us, but so that we can be a blessing to others. So that we can give back to the world for His good! So I am reminded to celebrate my uniqueness and grasp what he’s given me before complaining about what is missing. It’s funny that when we do this, we usually realize not only do we already have everything we need at that time, but more than we need. That’s God grace.

Then I attended the birthday of a young boy turning 6. This was a simple reminder of just being thankful for another day of life. Instead of complaining about the struggles of the day, I’m simply thankful to wake up to experience that day. That perspective alone can help us focus on all the millions of blessings we are missing while cradling a negative perspective on life, and is a reminder to focus on the joys of the day. Relationships, nature, health, work, what ever it may be, that during the highs and lows of each of these things, God is working on something greater.

Sunday of course was time for church, and then in the afternoon I watched the movie Fury. This has to be by far the best movie of the year. It was excellent! You know those movies where you enter the cinema on a sleepy afternoon with your eyes half open, then leave wide eyed as if you just had a few shots of espresso, and somehow feel like you are not any longer in a mall, but in the scene of the movie? Well this is one of those movies, and despite my short imaginary acting stint, dodging nazis (I mean people) in the mall, I left feeling grateful for the loved ones in my life! and also for my challenges. There is so much going on in this world and each of our problems is most likely nothing compared to the next person. But even if it were, I am reminded that challenges are there for a reason, to help mould us, shape us, strengthen us into the person God designed us to be. Again, this is not to give us the perfect life, but to give us a blessed life in which we can be a blessing to others.

I’m also reminded to seek God everyday. It’s so crazy to think that during a war, it becomes a normal thing to pass dead bodies all over the place. So normal that no one is any longer surprised by this sight. It makes me think, maybe as an extreme reminder, but a reminder none the less, of how we have to be careful of normalities. The trends of the world that become normal to us are not necessarily healthy or beneficial to us or others. So that’s why it is so important to keep our eyes set on God, and his plans for us so we don’t get consumed by the unhealthy habits of the world. There are times things just happen that we have no choice in, but it’s the things we have a choice in where we can make a difference. We create our own normalities, we don’t have to follow what the majority of the world is doing, as unfortunately, the majority has it all wrong.

Romans 12:2 NIV
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

So let’s celebrate our uniqueness, set our eyes on God before everything, embrace the challenges in our lives and be thankful for all our blessings, and thankful that God trusts us enough with these blessings, so that we can be a blessing to others.

Enjoy the week ahead everyone :)