Things To Be Thankful For

November 25, 2009

With Thanksgiving just hours away, I remembered that years ago, when I was a sophomore in college, I wrote a list of things I should be thankful for. I was going through a hard time, and I needed to do something to give myself some perspective. I carried the list around with me for years, and added to it. A lot of the items are situational and wouldn’t make sense to you, but most of them are timeless and still apply. I rummaged the list up and would like to share some of it with you.

Things to be thankful for:

  • My hopes and dreams – even the fact that I have them
  • My voice
  • My brothers and I turned out the way we did, and that we are friends
  • I was raised in a Christian home
  • I am a daughter of God
  • I have access to resources (money, food, etc.)
  • I am athletic and somewhat talented at a sport I love
  • Musical influences and songs that impact me
  • God can provide fulfillment in seemingly meaningless things
  • My intellect
  • Nice weather
  • I am convicted of my sins and have a strong conscience
  • It is a joyful thing to worship God
  • My parents love me so much
  • My education
  • God’s word is available to me
  • God is who He is
  • Simple pleasures such as eating, sleeping, sneezing, hot water
  • Health
  • When God makes things happen that need to happen, even I’m too stubborn to do it
  • Friends who are completely real with me
  • Suffering (helps me grow)
  • New friends whose hearts are in the same place as mine

Of course now I have to add some more things:

  • My handsome, loyal, intelligent, loving, sensitive, and compassionate husband David
  • Our home
  • Our families are friends with each other and all live nearby
  • Our dogs Cleo and Eddie, who I never get tired of petting
  • The wonders of the Internet and how it enables me to stay in touch with dear friends and make new ones
  • A challenging and fulfilling vocation
  • Books, books, books
  • My church family

Once you get going listing all the things you have to be thankful for, it’s hard to stop. It’s overwhelming to be so blessed. But even if I lost everything, I’d still be grateful, because I have God. With him, the best is always yet to come, and that kind of hope is priceless.

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Comments on Things To Be Thankful For

  1. 1

    From Amy --- Just A Titch:

    What a great list, and what priceless hope. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. 2

    From Mom:

    Amen and Amen!

  3. 3

    From Megan:


    You’re one of my favorites. (But you already knew that).

  4. 4

    From Erin:

    Once you really sit down and think about it, it’s amazing how many blessings you can find in your life…even when things aren’t the greatest.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a few moments peace at work today!

  5. 5

    From Just Fine Just Dandy:

    What a wonderful idea to carry the list around with you!

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