All I can say is that I am blessed. Wonderful family, amazing friends; there is nothing more I could ask for. I'm not one to get overly reflective, but every time you hit a milestone of any sort, it does cause you to think back a little bit, and I guess today was no exception. The mighty facebook brought birthday greetings that encompassed the span of most of my 33 years, and it's very neat to just think back on friendships that although separated by time have never died. It's also so wonderful to see greetings from many of my young friends who I have been so blessed to know, and to serve through Cedarwood and church.
I am thankful for many things, but mostly that God has put up with me for 33 years. Not only has He put up with me, but somehow through His infinite grace has allowed me to actually serve Him. Often when I look back, I most easily see the negative- the bad choices I've made, and it's easy to question how God would let me even be associated with Him. But.... it's His grace that makes it possible, and although it's almost become a cliche, I know that Jesus' sacrifice was enough for even me. I guess it's something you can only understand when you look into your own heart and see what He makes possible.
So yes, I am blessed. It's 1 am, my birthday is over, and another day begins (well kinda.. I do intend on sleeping in a few minutes.) We'll see what the morning brings- what challenges, what joy, what simple pleasure. What is important is that I will continue to spend it with the people whom God has blessed me through.