First century Greek philosopher, Epictetus, once said, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
My greedy tendency is to want more, rather than being content with what I have. I sense I am surrounded by people who have the same struggle.
With Thanksgiving Day only a week away, I am choosing to go counter cultural and count my blessings this week. I hope you will join me.
So here goes. For me it all starts with my family . . .
I am thankful for my wife. She knows me better than anyone, and yet still faithfully stays by my side. After nearly 25 years of marriage, I love her more than I ever have.
I am thankful for my four daughters. Being a dad makes me happier than anything else I can think of. My girls rock! I am so proud of each of them.
I am thankful for my parents. So much of who I am was learned by watching my mom and dad work hard, live generously, and love unconditionally. They are priceless.
I am thankful for my kid brother. He is a great family man, a strong leader, and a relational machine. No one deserves a brother as good as mine. He is a true linchpin.
I am thankful for my baby sister. She makes me smile every time I think of her. The girl is a great wife, mother, educator, and woman of faith. I am glad she is my sister and wish you could know how it feels to have her in your family.
Epictetus,while our clan is far from perfect, we are all perfect for each other. So in my book, you can call me wise.
Because, when it comes to family, I could not possibly ask for a better one.
I am genuinely grateful.
What is your favorite thing about your family and when was the last time you expressed gratefulness to your family members?
Randy–I am grateful to have you as a leader that sets an example second to none–and equally as important, my friend.
thanks Joe! You make coming to work fun for all of us.
To want what I have and to take what I am given with grace-Don Henely
Great words to live by.
Nice tribute to your clan, I feel the same about mine. “We are far from perfect, but perfect for each other”.
God Bless you Randy for sharing your heart week after week. I am thankful for you!
Thank you David!
Your best post yet! Having been blessed to know your family, I can say nothing more than AMEN!!
I have also been blessed by God with a great family. I am so thankful for Gene , our three boys, Lew,Mike and Scott and nine grandchildren. I have also been blessed to know your family as you were growing up. I agree with Scott all I can say is Amen to all you said about them.
Thanks Velma. Your family is awesome!!!
RANDY I THANK GOD FOR HIS CALLING OUR FAMILY AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE RESPONDED, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE BEEN A BLESSING TO PAT AND I. PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE IN OUR FAMILY WHO HAVE NOT RESPONDED TO GOD’S CALL. LOVE YOU MEL
thanks Uncle Mel!
I agree with Scott, I think this is your best post yet! Maybe it’s because I agree with all you said about the Gravitt crew…you know, we are blessed to come from “good stock”!
I love you big bro, and by the way…I am so thankful for you!
You’re a beauty Sis!
I’m thankful for my wife of 5 years in March and our soon to be son. My wife is loving and has child like faith.
Great Stuff Randy! You are a beauty:-) Thanks for being a great example and for teaching me about parenting and enjoying family! Have a great day man!
Thanks Jose. You’re the real beauty.
Your post reminds me of all I have to be thankful for. You are leading well.