Every year I get this feeling of frustration that we pile our thanksgivings into one day. I think (no, I know) we would be much better off making it a daily practice to be thankful. I have been talking to the kids all week about what they’re thankful for. They’ve come up with food, hands, and family. Not bad. As for Katie and me, it’s been tougher this week. I was sick Sunday and Monday, Katie is sick last night into today. You can imagine how the flu makes it difficult to be thankful. Yet I am reminded about this passage in the Bible:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6
In everything is pretty tough to wrap your mind around. But I’m guessing that it can be roughly translated “in everything.” In health, in sickness, in good times, and in bad. We are instructed to make our requests to the Lord. That should be our ambition.
It’s a crazy morning, so my thoughts aren’t as concise as I was hoping. So let me jump right to a few things I’m thankful for and I’d love to hear yours. You can just list them or include some details.
- Parents: Katie was making a couple dishes for Thanksgiving tomorrow at her dad’s house. My parents graciously jumped in to make them for her.
- Nancy’s Book Club: We have a family book club (thanks Uncle Paul and Aunt Jeri!) and we’re reading a book called “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.” Katie and I are four chapters in and we’re really enjoying the conversation we’re having and the challenge it’s bringing to the growth of our family and our relationship.
- Mr. Lecher’s coaching: My defensive coach in high school instilled in us the value of making adjustments in football, then in life. This is an essential skill as I grow as a husband and father, at school and at work.
Maybe it’s one thing, maybe it’s a list of 20 strong. Maybe the come right to the top of your mind, maybe you need five minutes of silence before the hectic holidays begin to come up with just one thing you’re thankful for. Maybe you post in the comments, maybe you say it alone in your mind. Whatever your style, be thankful.