Being Grateful Is Everything

Learning how to give thanks in all circumstances.

Gratitude is everything. Really. Life isn’t easy. Curve-balls are hurled at us all the time and, unless we develop a gigantic sense of gratitude and thanksgiving we’ll never make it. My wife is exceptional at this. She’s been maintaining a daily 5 point Gratitude list on Facebook for over 5 months now. There are times when it takes her several hours to write the list. But she still writes it. Why? Because it helps her remember that despite some of the junk life throws at her, it can always be worse. And you know what? She is regularly stopped, texted or messaged about how her list is encouraging others out there in Facebook land.

Last week we took the family to California to visit Disneyland and Santa Barbara for a much needed familyIMG_2901 getaway. It was a ton of fun. I love to hear my family laugh. We detoxed from technology and just hung out. Near the end of the trip, we were in Santa Barbara at our hotel. It was the middle of the night and I woke up. I just laid there in the dark. To the left of me were two of my kids in one bed and to the right of me the other two in another bed. Next to me was my incredible wife. I was overwhelmed with gratitude. I was overwhelmed with love and affection for this family that God had blessed me with. I don’t deserve them. But their mine. And I’m theirs. Good or bad.

Sometimes life has a way of distracting us from what really matters. Sometimes relationships, jobs, careers, school and a myriad of others things can tear us away from the most important and essential things. For me it’s my faith and my family. Without those two key ingredients I wouldn’t be who I am today. And I am so, so very grateful.

Let me ask. What are you grateful for? Anything? Are you so overwhelmed right now that you can’t see past your nose? Let me suggest that you pause for 15 minutes or more and just start writing some things down that you’re grateful for. It may take a few minutes. It might be a struggle. But you know what? It’ll be worth it. Let me help. Here are some things that I am grateful for today.

  1. My relationship with Jesus
  2. That He has always been faithful
  3. The Bible
  4. My wife
  5. Being married for 15+ years
  6. 4 amazing children
  7. Being healthy
  8. Our house
  9. Living in Colorado
  10. The Rocky Mountains
  11. Music
  12. Food
  13. Ethiopia
  14. Technology
  15. The ability to read/listen and learn