For the past couple of years I have had the pleasure of being a Youth Mentor for a group of high school girls in my community. These girls are remarkable, and I have had so much fun getting to know them.
Out of curiosity, I asked these three young women what they were grateful for in their own lives. My expectations didn't go too far beyond what you would expect teenage girls to be grateful for:
for boyfriends and hang out time
for fun clothes and cell phones
for vacations and no homework
But boy was I wrong...and boy did I need to raise my expectations. Sure their answers included their friends, but they expressed gratitude for so much more than that:
for faith and health
for family and talents
for God and life
for being forgiven
for the ability to make their own decisions when it comes to their beliefs
for love and hope
for dreams and goals
for curiosity and creativity
So much insight for such short life experience, don't you think?
I learn so much every week from these beautiful women, and I am unbelievably grateful for the privilege of being a part of their lives.