• “Boring” days. You know, the kind where you experience no accidents, no terribly bad news, no particular relational challenges, no pain…
• Moments when I get to see God at work in a up-close sort of way.
• Friends with whom I can exchange the most mundane, the most embarrassing and most celebratory experiences.
• A husband who tells me nearly every day that I’m God’s perfect gift to him.
• A warm home in this frigid Minnesota weather.
• My iPhone.
• God’s incredible grace.
• Arney Palmers.
• Peace even when things are hard.
• Gratitude when things aren’t hard.
These 12 aren’t all the things I’m necessarily most thankful for. They’re in no particular order and I didn’t spend much time coming up with list. They’re just a few random things that first came to mind when I took a moment to pause and thank God for his blessings. When I did so, a shift took place in me. Just making the list filled me with more gratitude.
God owes me nothing. Yet when life is challenging, there’s still much to be thankful for. I don’t always recognize it or him. But right now, I am filled with gratitude. I’m even thankful for that.
Sure, Thanksgiving is great for getting together with friends and family. The food is fabulous and it’s nice to have a few days off. But, if it does nothing else, the best part of the holiday is its prompt to step aside from life that can so easily be filled with self-centered pursuits so that we can thank God. That’s the kind of thing I’d like to celebrate everyday.