I choose thankfulness.

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

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