Today's post is a Thanksgiving card. Don't you just love Thanksgiving? I mean we all love the food - but for me the holiday goes beyond that. How awesome that we have a day set aside to just simply count our blessings and be grateful for the good things in life. Each year, there are always some things in my life that are not perfect. I mean has anyone ever had a time where everything is going perfect? But Thanksgiving is more about looking for the good in the circumstances and being thankful for the blessings we have.
This beautiful card will be sent to my daughter Sarah in the Ukraine. I doubt she'll get it by next week, but that's okay. I think she'll appreciate anyway.
This card is also for the 'stamping sisters in christ' challenge' for the below verse...
1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
You can check out their challenge with the link below:
Stampin sisters in christ
Enjoy reading an 18 year old view of disappointment...
I felt like a loser. As I stood at center court faking excitement with my teammates after our State Championship victory, I will never forget feeling that I didn’t deserve to be there. I had done nothing, or so I thought, to help our team reach the goal we had worked hard to achieve. I was embarrassed to be on the court celebrating because I thought of myself as the meaningless bench warmer and not a valuable part of the team. However, looking back I see how that basketball season of my junior year helped to shape me in the person I am, and is still transforming me into the man I hope to be.
It would be wrong of me to say that I did not have fun getting treated like a celebrity in the weeks following or getting all sorts of free jackets and items, but I can honestly say that that championship basketball season was the worst basketball season I have ever had. I had always pictured my junior year as being the pinnacle of my basketball year, but as it turned out I was a bench player that didn’t see action unless we were winning by a large enough margin that I couldn’t cause too much damage. To say that this was a humbling experience for me would be a drastic understatement. I went from being one of the best players the year before, to be being a practice player; someone who worked as hard as could in practice every day, but couldn’t quite seem to catch the eye of the coaching staff.
At first I struggled with my new role and wanted to quit, but as the season progressed I realized that self pity would get nowhere and I needed to find a way to make the season a learning experience that I would one day remember fondly. I eventually found this solution through a teammate. He was in the same situation as I was and as we talked one day after a tough practice, we decided that we would focus on encouraging everyone on our team and helping make the other players the best that they can be. We knew our team had the potential to be champions and I was up to us to make sure that we all stayed positive and motivated to reach our goal. I can vividly remember one of our assistant coaches coming up to me after a practice and telling us that he saw what we were doing and thanking us for our sportsmanship and our leadership even when things weren’t going our way. This assistant coach had been my head coach the year before so he knew the hit that my ego had taken, so it was meaningful to me that he noticed the hard work and determination that I was showing.
As the final buzzer of the State Championship game rang and I stood there amidst the chaos feeling like a complete fool, I realized that it didn’t always have to be about me. I was not the star and that is something I would have to get used to and embrace. That basketball season taught me more about myself then anything I had experienced before and although I would never have admitted it at the time, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Written by Eric Monroe 6 months after the championship season ended.
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