Things to be Thankful For

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Currently Reading:

The Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing

by C.J. Mahaney

Category: Christian Living

2002, Multnomah Books

 

 

 

Is it really helpful to write out a list of things to be thankful for? It sure is. It helps foster contentment, humility, and gratitude. If you have been given so much in life, then how can you show ingratitude to God by craving for more, especially if they are sinful things motivated by pride, lust, and covetousness?

Here is a list of some of the things I am thankful for:

1. For my salvation in Christ, since there are many out there who have not been elected for this fate.

2. My supportive family, since there are many families who persecute their sons for their faith.

3. My car, since there are others who have worse cars, or even non at all.

4. The fact that my car is fully paid off, while others are still paying for it. 

5. For my part time job that provides salary and food benefits. There are many jobs out there that don’t provide food.

6. For my living space. There are other apartments out there that are smaller.

7. For my neighborhood. There are many neighborhoods that are not safe, if not have many conveniences close by.

8. For my Bible. There are many in the world who don’t have a Bible, especially in the Middle East and China.

9. For my fully funded TMS education, since many students are working hard to pay the bills.

10. For the fact that I have a little bit of savings. Many are currently in debt.

11. For my 2 new shoes, for there are some who have been wearing a single pair for over a decade.

12. For my air conditioning in the apartment, for there are some apartments that don’t have air conditioning.

13. For my access to free water, for some homes don’t get it for free.

14. For my free soaps and toothpaste, for there are many families that buy them.

15. For my large selection of ties, for there are people who don’t have many ties to choose from.

16. For my free Bible software, for many had to pay for theirs.

17. For my bed, for there are many who sleep on the floor. 

18. For my leather computer bag, for there are many who don’t have leather computer bags, if not a computer bag at all.

 

So next time I think about coveting for something I don’t have, I should look at this list and think of all the things that I have been blessed with in life. 

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7