Thankfulness

I have just finished writing in a spiral notebook that I have entitled “Thankfulness Items/ Daily Thankfulness.” It’s nothing special. It’s just a notebook where, in the past, I have tried to write a small bullet point every day detailing something I am thankful for. There are notes in this book stretching back over a year, but for the last few months I have found it more difficult to have this very simple moment of thankfulness for the day I have just experienced. The last time I wrote in this thing was three months ago. I was just too busy.

That is to say, I didn’t make the time. Every so often, I get into this mindset that I am a victim of my schedule, of my circumstances, of my indiscipline. But I think it’s more honest to say that sometimes, my priorities get out-of-whack. There’s no guilt in that for me, at least not the weight of guilt and shame. It makes me think of the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years. Even when they had God’s ongoing provision and miraculous presence with them, they still occasionally grumbled and complained and forgot to be thankful for what was right in front of them. I know that at certain points in the past, I thought that was extraordinary. In truth, for the sake of my feelings on thankfulness, the Israelites are like us. I’m not fundamentally different than those people. I too struggle sometimes to be thankful, even in spite of God’s activity in my life and the lives of others.

I don’t really have any other specific thoughts to share today. Just remember to be thankful, in whatever way that works best for you. I do recommend having pencil and paper where you can write down what you are thankful for; there’s something much more concrete and contemplative for me about writing vs. typing something into a computer. But if a computer works better for you, go for it. Just take the time to be thankful.

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