I live in a cynical and sarcastic world. It is easy for me to complain about life. I can look outside at the beautiful world and complain about the cold temperature. I turn on the news and grow frustrated at the depressing accounts. It is a short week thus I wake up irritated at how much I have to do in a few short days. Without thinking twice I can tear another person down in my mind if not verbally to someone else. Standing in line at the store I grow impatient because the clerk is taking a little too long helping a person at the register. Yes, it is easy to complain about life. So, this week I am going to choose to be thankful.
I am thankful for the beautiful blanket of snow that reminds me of God’s forgiveness. I am thankful that I have a nice warm house to enjoy this blanket. I am thankful I can romp around in the snow making snow angels and having a snow ball fight with my kids. I am thankful that God is creative to provide diverse seasons. I am thankful at the artistic display of snow clutching to tree branches as if they are outlined by a painter.
I am thankful for work. I wake up with numerous possibilities each day. I have the opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life. I can be productive in life. I can come home tonight and feel I have accomplished something. And this job helps me provide for my family. I am thankful for hands to work and a mind to think. I am thankful that I have gifts, abilities, and experiences that are useful in life.
I am thankful for family. I am surrounded by people who genuinely love me. I have shared experiences that frame beautiful memories for me. I can come home knowing that I am loved and supported. I have people to enjoy a meal with this week. I can laugh, debate, discuss, and console those close to me. I always have someone I can call in the midst of a pinch. Yes, I am thankful for my family. And, most of all, I am thankful for a wife to have shared all of life with for the past twenty years!
I am thankful for rest. It is a short week; however, I have the chance to sit back, enjoy some food, play games with my family, and take a snooze on the couch. Rest is good. I am thankful that I have a couple of days to do just that. I am certainly going to be thankful for time to do nothing, and maybe even take in a football game.
I am thankful for Christ. He promises to always be with me regardless of the pain or difficulty. I have the peace that transcends all understanding – not a fleeting high but something durable. God’s abundant grace sustains me, especially when I mess up. I have the hope of everlasting life. There is something beyond this world. I am truly thankful for Jesus.
I have a choice. And this week I choose to be thankful!
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18