Over the past year or so, something that has become much more prominent in my thinking has been just how much we have to be thankful for. For many years I had been all too painfully aware of things that I’d missed out on, times where things hadn’t gone to plan, and certain events and times in my life that had been absolutely devastating mentally and emotionally. But recently I’ve been becoming more and more aware of all the things that I do have. I have a good job that pays well. I live in a really nice part of the world. I have a roof over my head, food on the table and good quality clothes to wear. I am in reasonably good health for my age. I have a family who are close, loyal and trustworthy. I have a good church and some good and supportive friends there. Then we have modern advances in science and technology that have delivered a standard of living that even kings and queens in Bible times could only have dreamed of—modern medicine, the Internet, high speed transport and the like. And of course what can we say about the beauty of God’s creation all around us and the gift of life itself?
It’s very tempting to look at the negative things in life and focus on what we don’t have. But often it can lighten your mood and brighten your day to look at things that you do have. And giving thanks is something that we are encouraged to do time and time again throughout the pages of the Bible. Just read the Psalms for example—even when things were looking bad, people such as David still managed to move beyond the doom and gloom onto focusing on the good things that God has done.
I thought it would be good to have a thread where we can encourage each other and spread some joy and hope here. Is there anything in particular that you are thankful for? Anything that we should all be thankful for? Or anything that is just something that you yourself are thankful for at this present time?