Make a list of things that you are thankful for today:
Mine would go something like this.
- God’s gift of Salvation.
- My in-laws for creating my beautiful wife.
- My wife for putting up with my busy schedule.
- The privilege to raise children.
- Henry Ford and others who created the first automobiles.(Imagine what horseback transportation would look like with three children)
- Farmers who grow fresh produce for our families.
- Soldiers who fight for our freedom.
- Police, fire fighters and first responders.
- Food service industry people who get up before sun rise to prepare breakfast, so I don’t have to starve until lunch.
- My parents for sitting in sub-freezing temperatures to watch my teams compete.
The list could go on and on. My point is how many times a day do we think about what great things are going on in our life and the many blessings we are provided.
Are you an optimist who looks at the cup half full or a pessimist that looks at the cup half empty? Maybe a better question is what have you complained about today? Would your list of things that you have complained about be larger than the list of things that you are thankful for?
Somewhere today a waitress is getting harsh treatment from her customers: The coffee is cold, the food is taking too long, my grits don’t have cheese in them, the menu said the dressing was Zesty Italian and I’m not tasting any zest.
What you don’t know is that this waitress is a single mother who is asking management for double the tables to put food on the table for three kids, pay childcare, and keep from being evicted from another rental property. Her dead beat ex husband hasn’t helped with any of the recent medical bills that have added up due to little Suzy being diagnosed with Type I diabetes.
I’m thankful for her efforts and other like hers to try and make a better life for her children. It doesn’t hurt that by us dining at establishments like this we don’t have to wash dishes or clean up food particles that are meticulously placed all over our house after a sit down dinner at our home.
Somewhere someone is complaining about having to go to work today. Aren’t you glad you have a job to go to? I’m sure the homeless man standing in front of wal-mart asking for spare change would love to have that opportunity.
An athlete is disgruntled because football practice is still on for today, even after the three inches of rain that dropped thirty minutes before school was dismissed. Think about the kid who tore his ACL the practice before the first game of his senior season and will never play another down of football in practice or a game. He would love the opportunity to suit up for one more practice.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 states “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Circumstances will not always be ideal, but in those times God has put you in the situation for a reason. A failed relationship now results in meeting the woman of your dreams later. A flat tire that caused you to be thirty minutes late for work may have saved you from hitting a deer a mile away from your house. Be thankful for all things, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem.