This week I am going to reflect on what it means to be thankful and have a heart of gratitude. Each day I am posting something I’m currently thankful for. (These are not in order of importance.)
Today I am grateful to live in such a beautiful part of the country.
I’m grateful to call Silicon Valley my home.
A little over three years ago we joined the South Bay team and moved our family to the San Francisco Bay area. I felt confident God directed us here, but I wasn’t confident I would connect with the area. God doesn’t always take us to the places of our choosing, but I believe He will give us a heart for the place He has called us.
During the months leading up to the big move, I spent time researching and learning whatever I could get my hands on about Silicon Valley. But reading about the tech companies in Fast Company magazine is quite different from experiencing it first-hand.
Aside from a weekend road trip to San Francisco my sophomore year of college, I didn’t know much about Northern California. The culture here is much different than Charleston, SC where I grew up.
Silicon Valley is diverse and fast-paced.
People are driven to succeed and they take risks.
People place high value on their health and taking care of the environment.
The thing I love most is their honesty and openness about where they are spiritually.
There is no pretense.
Three years later I can honestly say, I love living in Silicon Valley. Most of all, I love serving and doing ministry here. God continues to expand my heart for this area of the country.
I’m finally able to say, and really believe, that this is home.