It’s the day after Thanksgiving and I’m got more to say than a stack of Christmas cards could express.
It’s not that I wasn’t thankful yesterday. After digesting a pile of holiday food, I’ve made my list.
First, I’m thankful that the shackles of timidity no longer bind me. My youth was wasted thinking I wasn’t good enough for anyone to like me. But then the light of truth came on and killed that demon. So, at age 23 I was reborn as a man who cracked the shell of shyness and spread his wings to fly into the risk of relationships.
Second, I’m thankful I can enjoy holiday food without guilt. I know now I don’t have to eat like I won’t have anything tomorrow. There’s never been a time yet when food was not within reach.
I’m thankful for my wife. For twenty-two years she has endured a struggling perfectionist with the patience of Job. She is the portrait of unconditional love and I am totally blessed to have her.
I’m thankful to have a job at a time when others have lost theirs. There was a time when that was true for me too. I’m thankful that I can pray for those friends who are hurting and know that Jesus will give them everything they really need exactly when they need it. I’m thankful that though life is painful at times, God never wastes painful experiences. Though I may feel the weight of a dozen elephants on my back, I know God is bearing that pain right there with me in the trenches.
I’m thankful that the Gospel gives me hope for the future that no self-improvement program alone can give me. I know that as I walk with God the hope of getting better is real.
What are you thankful for today? Feel free to share in the comments.