Day 15, I am thankful for when I am challenged by other people to be better than I am. I am thankful for when someone calls me out for being selfish (I can be shamefully self-preserving, self-protective, self-indulgent, self-hating, self-younameit). I am also a punisher. By nature or nurture, I am not certain... but the bottom line is that when I get hurt, I punish. I withdraw and have a hard time letting go of the wound, and I feel sorry for myself. Perhaps it is out of fear of rejection, but my first instinct when I get hurt is to say, "Well, there goes that friendship." I am kind of a relational quitter, more by instinct and feeling, than by action. It embarrasses me to admit that because it takes one prideful person to hold a grudge. I am thankful for the people who call me out when I am doing this, and who don't write me off even when I deserve it. Feeling particularly thankful that "wounds from a friend can be trusted." (Proverbs 27:6)
Day 16, in a nutshell I am thankful for Jesus and candy. It's an odd combination I know... but, here you will get an in-depth picture of my long history with both the lover of my soul, and my heart's secondary desire... treats.