Thanksgiving 2011

 

'Thanksgiving Decorations by Miu' photo (c) 2010, Mark Mrwizard - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

 

Today is Thanksgiving. As far as I know, we are one of the very few nations on earth that set aside an entire day for giving thanks. While the last few years have been hard on many, the fact remains we have a lot to be thankful for. I haven’t always done a Thanksgiving post, but this year I decided to, if for no other reason than to remind me to be thankful for the many things God is doing in my life. While we all face the trials and tribulations of daily life, it’s good to remember to be thankful.

So without further adieu, here is my Thanksgiving 2011 list.

My Wife and Daughters

In a few weeks, my wife and I will celebrate 21 years of marriage. It hasn’t all been bliss, but I’m thankful that we’re still together and we are still working on our relationship. She has put up with a lot of craziness being married to me, and I am very thankful for that. My two girls are amazing women of God, and it’s been fantastic watching their faith grow and develop. I’m truly blessed to have all three of these women in my life.

My Friends

God has given me a lot of people to call friends; and that’s amazing. Some are really close friends who mean the world to me. I dare not list them, but they know who they are. Technology has made it possible to develop and maintain close relationships with people across the country, and I really appreciate that. I’ve gotten to know so many great people that way, and it’s an honor to count them as friends. 

My Readers

I was telling my wife the other night that I sometimes wonder why anyone reads this blog. Who am I to have anything to say? But, amazingly, you do, and I am grateful for you. I am encouraged not only by the stats showing me the number of readers, but the many comments, e-mails, tweets and words at conferences. You have made my life richer.

My Sponsors

If I am amazed that people read this, I am blown away that anyone would advertise here. But again, they do, and I am very grateful. Not only for the endorsement, but also for helping put my daughter through college. My sponsors make it possible for me to continue to do what I love to do (writing this blog), and keep me from having to work a second job to help get her through school. That’s a big deal.

Everything Else

The Apostle Paul reminds us to give thanks for all things, and indeed we live in remarkable times. The technology we have at our disposal is incredible; we are experiencing wealth and prosperity that was unimagineable a few hundred years ago (even in the midst of the current downturn); and we can travel just about anywhere quickly and affordably. 

I have a great job at a great church, God has provided for us more than what we need, and I have a steady supply of dark chocoalte in the drawer of my desk. I admit to forgetting these many blessings on a regular basis when I get frustrated at things that don’t go the way I might like. But the reality is, things are going pretty well, and I need to be thankful for that.

Finally, I am thankful for bacon, the aroma of which is wafting throughout the house now—which means it’s time to move on to the next phase of cooking. Happy Thanksgiving!