I just want to take a moment to say ... I'm feeling really grateful right now.

Grateful for my friends (even though I don't always stop to thank them), grateful for my job, grateful for Adam, grateful for a place to live and a car to drive, grateful for my family, my neighbors (and their cute cats), my window air conditioner and my cute little bedroom.

It's the simple things, really. I am not sure why God has blessed me so much, because I don't even always acknowledge Him from day to day, but today I just want to take a moment to thank Him for providing above and beyond what I need -- even to the extent of the extra things I don't need.

Also, because I know that a grateful life is a generous life, I pray that He will guide me and give me a selfless heart to reach out in generosity toward those around me (literally) who don't have the same advantages I so often take for granted.

By writing it here, I'm basically making a promise to whoever reads this that I will try each day to use my resources (my "talents," see Matt. 25:14-30) to glorify God in whatever way possible.

I have some ideas about how to do that. Stay tuned.