My Top Five Reasons to Be Thankful

Few things can change an attitude or brighten a day like gratitude.  With Thanksgiving Day dawning in just a few hours I thought I would share what I am most thankful for.

I am thankful for the grace of God.  So many times God has enabled me to get through difficult times, provided for me in lean times, and given me healing when I did not know how to ask for it.  Lord, thank you for the strength and life you have given me.

I am thankful for my dad.  This fall dad had open heart surgery to replace a valve and fix five blockages.  Many people simply find out their father has had a heart attack.  By the grace of God I was spared that tragic news and given instead a dad who is stronger than ever and who has a new lease on life.  He has also not lost his wacky sense of humor and ability to give wise advice.  Dad, I love you.  Thanks for sticking around.

I am thankful for my girlfriend.  Being able to spend Thanksgiving with your best friend and girlfriend is pretty special.  She is gracious, loving, supportive, a thinker, a learner, a good listener, playful, serious when it’s needed, a wonderful speaker, a confident leader, my closest friend, and, most importantly, mine.  Thank you, sweetheart, for blessing me this holiday season with your friendship and your love.

I am thankful for my family.  Whether we are discussing my two boisterous, fabulous boys, or my sweet sister or generous brother, I consider myself blessed.  Thanks, Isaac and Timothy, for making me a better person and for teaching me how to laugh.  Matt and Shelli, thank you for blessing me with the best family I could wish for.

I am thankful for work I love.  I am entering the holidays employed full-time in the work I love most: worship leadership in partnership with quality leaders.  Thank you, Covenant Life, for giving me a place to lead and grow.

Many do not have easy lives this holiday season.  I am thinking in particular of those still struggling in Sandy’s wake.  If you are dreading the holidays, I encourage you to find one thing for which you are grateful.  I may not have been in your place exactly, but I know that in my darkest hours I could always find at least one thing to be thankful for, and I was better for it.

What about you?  What are you grateful for?

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