Thanksgiving is such a great holiday. There’s not any religious controversy, little commercialization…just the gathering of family and friends, good eats, and remembering all of the blessings we have to be grateful for. And though the early settlers celebrating the first harvest did not partake in food-induced afternoon coma or NFL football games, the purpose of Thanksgiving is the same. We approach this holiday with an extra dose of gratitude. It’s a good reminder of a posture we can choose not just the fourth Thursday of November, but everyday.
Beyond material blessings, we can focus on the four things that went wrong in a day, or we can be grateful for the myriad “rights” that operate just fine without us ever noticing. I listened to a podcast a few weeks ago about a man who intentionally started being grateful for everything in his life, including the really arbitrary things. He pushed the elevator button. As the doors opened, he mentally acknowledged his gratitude that they functioned properly. And he did the same thing as he ascended. “Thank you, elevator, for taking me up so quickly and not breaking down.” It’s silly, and it takes a lot of practice to be that grateful for little things in our lives. But giving thanks is all over the Bible. It aligns with God’s character and his desire for us to give him glory.
Grateful people tend to be happier, too. I think it follows that the more we acknowledge everything that we have to be grateful for, the happier our outlook is, no matter our circumstances. Gratitude is a perspective, it’s a choice for how to approach how we live.
So today I wrote a Thankful list. The order is not edited. It’s a little shameful that “no homework” falls way before “Jesus,” but this is the order I brainstormed. I suppose it’s a pretty accurate reflection of my priorities and thoughts, skewed as my sinful heart may be.
Much of it is silly. But the items listed are still real, and I still give thanks. Color makes the world brighter, hot cups of tea are one of my small joys of life, and kitchen appliances have revolutionized my ability to store and cook food.
Happy Thanksgiving. May you find blessings and opportunities for gratitude all around you, this day and always.
Among much else,
I am thankful for…
the Compton Clan
Hoffa’s ridiculousness and provision
Mama’s listening ear
Rosa Marie’s gentleness. And her style.
friends – near and far, new and old
Pearl the CRV
food and feasts
that I am not in charge
encounters that seem serendipitous
remembering all that God has done
2 day shipping
the chance to change the world
the chance to make a difference
the fact that individuals matter
sweet potato casserole
all the extra
the ability to think
the 21st century
964 Tall Pine Rd
my apartment in Houston
the animal kingdom