“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

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As cliche as it might sound, I’ve decided to share a Thanksgiving-themed blog post today (first one in about four year, I believe). The truth is that there are so many things for which I am thankful, but I often don’t acknowledge them. I’m assuming we all get like that from time to time.

With that being said, here are several reasons I am thankful:

Eternal Security: Being a Christian, I am most thankful for the hope of heaven that I have because of Jesus Christ. If He did not die on the cross and rise from the dead, I wouldn’t have the peace I do about living forever with Him. That is often what keeps me going – not letting me give up. Without Jesus, I’d be hopeless!

My Family: Sure, they have their issues like everyone, but if it wasn’t for my family, I don’t know where I would be today. My parents, grandparents, and others helped shape me into the man I am today. Most of all, they pointed me to God. And they keep supporting me in everything I do, even now that I’m 1000 miles away from them.

My Wife: Many who have heard my story know that it took a long time for me to accept that marraige was definitely in my future. I think part of that was because I hadn’t yet met my wife. Once I saw what life could be like with her, I am so grateful I pursued her and that she said yes. She is my partner in ministry and my best friend. She’s really hot too!

My Church: One of the things I’ve realized recently, after going to many conferences and reading several books, is that I am truly blessed at my current church. There are so many things other churches deal with that is not an issue here. For that, I am so thankful. I feel God has me in a situation where I can truly make a difference without silly things getting in the way.

Video Game Blogging: As crazy as it might seem, I’m incredibly thankful for my volunteer role as a video game blogger with NintendoFuse. Gaming can be a very expensive hobby, but I’ve been able to secure several games and admission to gaming events through my time as a blogger. My wife is very grateful for this too, since I don’t have to convince her to let me buy all these games. It’s also given me opportunities to interact with a lot of people I’d never talk to in normal situations.

I could probably go on and on… Even now, I’m thinking that I could write about how I’m grateful for my home, education, friends, my students, our ministry team, etc. Seriously, I could probably go on for 3,000+ words! The biggest thing I take away from exercises like this is that we need to do what I’ve just done every once in a while. As the old hymn says, “Count your blessings […] and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”

What are you thankful for this year? Let me know in the comments, but also tell someone else. If you’ve never done it before, let thanksgiving actually be the topic of conversation as you gather with family and friends this year.

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