This week represents to all of us in the United States the time we celebrate Thanksgiving. We often look at it is a day but it should an attitude that we show all year. This week while traveling, I took some time to reflect on things I am thankful for and how truly blessed we really are. As many of you, I fail at times to show a thankful attitude. As I began to list the things I am thankful for, I realized there is way more to be thankful for than to be frustrated or disappointed about. Here are a few things on my list. Though this is not all of them, maybe this will help you jumpstart a list of things you are thankful for.

Forgiveness. Mercy. Grace. However you want to put it. It is something we often take for granted. Where would I be without the grace of God? I am thankful that I know Christ as my Saviour!

I have a wife that loves me and loves God. She is growing in Him daily and making be better than I really am. We have four wonderful children who growing and learning life. We have the most awesome grandson in the world, Vandin, who has been a blessing to us that I could never have imagined. I have great parents who love and support me and gave me a Godly heritage. I am blessed in my family.

We have the best church in the world. Period. Go ahead and argue with me…(smile please). We do have a great church with great people who are loving God and loving people!

If you have ever been through a time when friends were scarce, it will help you appreciate the friends you have. True friends are hard to come by. Treasure them.

Ability to give
Generosity is one of my core values. It shapes a lot of what I do in my life. I am thankful that God provides me resources to give and I am thankful that there are always opportunities to give.

I preached a sermon recently on living healthier so we can accomplish our purpose here on this earth. I can certainly do better about taking care of my body, but I am thankful for good health. Many people I know are struggling with health issues that are no fault of their own. I do not want to take that for granted.

My country
Yes I know it was an election year and no this is not my turn to offer my political opinion. I have traveled the world enough to know that we live in a great land that has been blessed by God and we cannot forget that. I could have been born anywhere in this world, but I am blessed to be in the United States of America.

OK, I know I have already mention him but let me be more specific. He has given our entire family something that we all love and enjoy. He has made me slow down and take time to do nothing but hang out with him. He has reminded me of the importance of life, the need to grow and learn. He has reminded me what a great gift children really are. I know I have to be a part of teaching him, but I think I am learning so much more. I am thankful for that.

My list is much longer, but I just wanted list a few and encourage you to be thankful. I challenge you not to just make a list, but to write why you are thankful for something. Be intentional about your thanksgiving. Make it an attitude not a holiday. We are too blessed not to be thankful.