Christmas is fast approaching and I have been thinking of all the things I am grateful for so far. I have spent the past couple of days, mostly by myself, thinking, deeply about how far I have come. The most interesting fact is that all the things I am most grateful for are not things at all. I am most grateful for the special people who have blessed my life over the years.

I am grateful for the seasons of my life. It is refreshing to be grateful for the good days when everything was perfect, but also when it was difficult to keep fear in bay. I could list a record of times, incidents and moments when things could have gone terribly wrong, but they didn’t. There have been times when things have gone wrong though. I can feel my pulse quicken when my mind reminiscence about some. It was a time of trials and tribulations. Chuckles!

I am learning not to find fault with God when hardships come, but be confident in his fatherly oversight. As a young man, I yearn to have a perfect score with God, but like Job, I have come to realize that I fall short, but his track record of love and grace beats mine every-time.

I have learned to be grateful for the presence of people in my life. After all, a man cannot do life alone. I am learning to be grateful to vendors that sells their wares to me. I have learned to be grateful to people to pay me for my service. I have learned to be grateful to my family and friends, their kindness, encouragement and support uplift my souls always. I won’t forget to mention the timely advice and sacrifice that my pastors make to mentor me in my journey towards destiny. May we all keep beholding until that glorious day!

If I could only say one prayer in this life, I will say THANK YOU GOD for life, breath and health. I will thank God for the grace to live life, and experience it with the people in my life.

A warm and curious emotion wash over me as I wonder about the change and opportunities that the future holds in store for me. 

In God’s Love,

Peace Okunola.