I’m feeling tonight like it’s important to list some of the things in my life I’m thankful for.
This doesn’t mean I’m truly feeling 100% thankful. Actually, I’m feeling tired, kind of sick, worried, frustrated, bored, anticipatory, optimistic, apathetic, sarcastic, and a little hungry. All at this very moment. All that, most days, yet thankful at the same time. What can I say, I’m a complex guy.
Tonight I’m feeling thankful for…
The coolest, most beautiful daughter in the world (who, because of her corporate discount, got me half price at Chili’s tonight);
A creative way to make a modest living. I keep telling myself that modesty is a good thing;
An eclectic network of weird, creative, talented, supportive friends;
A new phase in life – difficult to maneuver – but new;
The two cats who have decided to wander into my house whenever they want;
Having a secure faith. Not without questions, and not without frustrations. But full of amazement at the small piece of it I do understand.
Being thankful is SOOO important at all times! Tom was listening to a radio program awhile back and the speaker recommended taking a “Thankful walk” whenever you start to stress out or get worried. In that walk think of all the things you are thankful for and when you come back things will be different.
Whenever I start to get stressed or worried I would quote Philippians 4:6-7 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” And I always need to emphasize the ‘thankful” part… and I always feel better 🙂
I know this season of your life has got to be full of good and difficult times… as well as a bit surreal. I pray that the Lord will continue to draw you into Him as He reveals His plan for you more and more each day.
Be blessed my brother in Christ,
So it got me thinking… I’m thankful for:
Ears, not the outside part. They are just getting sadder every year. The listening part that lets me hear music and Carol’s laugh.
Nose, same qualifications as above: sadder. I really like to inhale when I’m next to my two son’s heads. It’s a fragrance, even when sweaty, that I love. I just get all gooey inside when I’m that close to them.
Left knee. It still works, for now. And the doctor said it wouldn’t last.
Right eye. It’s better that the left so I can still pass the vision test at the DMV without glasses.
Places that sell size 13 EEEE. I’m not picky about looks, just let the shoe fit.
The notes in my Bible. It took a long time to get all those little tiny words in there. There’s lots of pastor’s bright ideas and an epiphany or two of my own in the margins. I’d hate to loose that book.