The Things We Take for Granted

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for a million and one reasons! (not the least of which is its position as a kickoff for the Christmas season, which I also LOVE.) This is a holiday that celebrates one of the most basic of God-ordained and God-centered behaviors. In the midst of a secular society that denies on so many levels the power and presence of God, Thanksgiving shines as a beacon of His design, a reminder of what He created us for. Community, charity, love, gratitude, anticipation of His advent, celebration of our many blessings–all of these play a prominent part in the celebrating of Thanksgiving.

With that in mind, I’m going to post SHORT blogs on here every day this week leading up to Thanksgiving, with brief reminders for all of us of the many blessings we have to be thankful for–especially the ones we tend to overlook.

This is not a list of things I’m proud of, or feel deserving of. I do not want to thank God for the blessings in my life with the kind of verve the Pharisee showed as he thanked God for his own superiority. The little blessings of life do NOT make us better or more deserving than anyone else. If we deserve them, then they are earned–they are not a blessing.

Today I am thankful for change in my couch cushions! –Did you know that if you have change in your couch and a checking account with any amount of money in it, you are among the top 8% of the wealthiest people in the world? Yep! That’s us. This statistic gives me perspective and reminds me of the material blessings I have to be thankful for, instead of worrying about what I don’t have.


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