Thankfulness Day 16

A man who denies his past is a man who truly denies himself a future, for he refuses to know himself.– Tobsha Learner

Today I am thankful for my past, for without the events of my childhood, teen and young adult life I would not be the person I am today. When I think about all of the events of the past there is one defining moment that changed the course of my life forever. That event was going to live at  “The Home.”

Many people do not know this, but I was a “home kid.”  When I was 16 and a junior in high school my life began to fall apart. The grown ups in my life decided the best thing to do was to send me to live at a group home.  I resented my parents and the pastor of my church for sending me to the home.

However, now I can look back and say, “If I had not traveled that road my life would not be what it is today.”  My time at the Church of God Home for Children changed my life. While I could not appreciate it while I lived there I know that if I had never gone there my life would have taken a different course. I would not have gone to Lee. I would not have met David. I would not have the life that I now have.

I have so many friends from the home that I deeply treasure. I have so many memories of the people I lived with and came to know as sisters and brothers. My houseparents were a big part of my life, and I am thankful that I still have contact with them. For many years I did not talk about the home, because it was part of my life that I felt that people would judge me for. Now I don’t care if people want to judge me for my past because in the end there is only one judge that matters.

What are you thankful for today?


One Response to “Thankfulness Day 16”

  1. i don’t think less of you at all, cousin. love you.