Thu 27 Nov 2008
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I hope you are having a wonderful day enjoying friends, family, and food!
I looked up the word “thanks” in the Webster dictionary and it used the word gratitude, or having grateful thoughts. Using the Webster thesaurus brings even stronger words: appreciation, appreciativeness, gratefulness, gratitude, thankfulness, thanksgiving; gratification, indebtedness, satisfaction; acknowledgment, recognition, and tribute.
I think most of us don’t use these words often enough. I know I don’t. I try to be thankful in every day life but it is hard sometimes. I want to take a few minutes and share with you a list of things I’m thankful for, but first I really like this verse from the Old Testament: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
In no particular order:
I am thankful for…
… my wonderful wife
… my parents
… my extended network of family
… great friends that span the world and the technology to stay connected to them
… the opportunity to serve my community
… being able to wake up each morning in a warm house with food on the shelves
… great neighbors
… the ability to run and the strength to do so
… my growing network of friends who care about me individually
… friends and people who challenge me to strive to become the best person possible
… a church that cares more about taking care of each other and our neighbors than a building
… amazing co-workers who truly care about our students and their education
… the freedom to worship
… the snow, the sun, and even the rain (but maybe not -34 windchills)
What are you thankful for this year?