100 Reasons I'm Thankful

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When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?
– G.K. Chesterton
After seeing my amazing sister list one reason she’s thankful each day leading up to Thanksgiving on Facebook, I upped the proverbial ante. After discussing whether or not we’re truly grateful people, I challenged the men and women in my homegroup, including myself, to list 100 reasons that they’re thankful. I shared this challenge with those I work with, and my boss took up the challenge, even sharing his list with the world via FaithVillage.
Here’s my list, which was both challenging to complete, yet could have kept growing. These are in no particular order, and some specific reasons fall under some of the general reasons.

  1. Jesus
  2. Grace
  3. Breath / Health / Food and Water
  4. Family: Each of them deserves a separate post on the 100 reasons I’m grateful for that particular family member.
  5. Girlfriend: She deserves major points for putting up with this turkey.
  6. Homegroup: They accepted me when I moved to DFW and still haven’t kicked me out.
  7. Bible
  8. Ability to read and write
  9. iPhone / MacBook / Apple products
  10. A warm sun on a cold morning
  11. Texas
  12. Dr. Pepper
  13. Drums
  14. Books
  15. Stories
  16. Job
  17. A roof over my head
  18. Oh The Places I’ve Been: Lorena, Georgetown, Austin, DFW, Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Washington D.C., Morocco, England, France, Mexico, Jamaica
  19. The opportunity and ability to travel
  20. Music
  21. Completing a difficult task / Doing something I never thought I’d be able to do
  22. Animals, more specifically the dogs I’ve had
  23. Quiet and solitude
  24. Acceptance
  25. Gratitude
  26. Honest conversation: Talks that have no pretense
  27. Constant spiritual work in my life, a.k.a. the relentless pursuit of Christ on my heart
  28. Rain and its colder-though-less-observed-in-Texas counterpart snow.
  29. Growing up in a small town, going to a small University
  30. College friends / Terranova friends
  31. The churches I’ve attended
  32. Friends and co-workers from those churches
  33. The homes that have been opened to me over many years
  34. The cleansing of crying, the hope for tomorrow
  35. Basketball
  36. Art / Graphic Design
  37. Medicine / Hospitals / Doctors
  38. Mountains
  39. Computers / Technology
  40. Childhood
  41. Youth Group
  42. Restaurants / Food
  43. Sleep
  44. Prayer
  45. Trials, but only ever in retrospect
  46. Time, especially when it’s not pressing
  47. Words
  48. Humor
  49. WordPress
  50. Concerts
  51. My Band
  52. Musicians I know
  53. Roland V-Pros
  54. Video games
  55. Golf and TopGolf
  56. Color, particularly green or blue
  57. Hot Showers
  58. A non-existent commute
  59. The people I work with
  60. Bohemian Rhapsody
  61. Monty Python
  62. Chocolate
  63. Sushi
  64. The Dallas Mavericks
  65. The closeness of my extended family
  66. America, and the freedom to worship and to speak
  67. Those who fight for those freedoms
  68. The Internet
  69. Twitter and Facebook
  70. High school and college
  71. Paisano’s calzones
  72. Wired Magazine
  73. Authors
  74. Weekly weekend breakfast with the home group guys
  75. Perfect weather days
  76. Friday Night Lights
  77. Breaking Bad
  78. LOST
  79. The Count of Monte Cristo / A Tale of Two Cities
  80. FaithVillage.com
  81. Feta cheese
  82. The jobs I’ve had (Alaskan graveyard-shift grocery store stocker, Senate proofreader, Bookstore inventory keeper, Church comm director, Law firm copywriter)
  83. Trying new restaurants
  84. Christmas and Easter, minus all the external hoopla
  85. Birthdays, both mine and others
  86. My nieces’ and nephew’s laughter
  87. Questions without answers
  88. Unexpected presents
  89. Affection
  90. Access: to music, movies, books, news, the world
  91. Timeliness
  92. The English language
  93. Sunlight streaming through the clouds
  94. Photography
  95. Sleeping in
  96. Childhood
  97. John Howland, an ancestor who fell off the Mayflower then “managed to grab a topsail halyard that was trailing in the water and was hauled back aboard safely.” Think about that, then think about the moment in Back to the Future where Marty’s family starts to disappear from the picture.
  98. Those who listen more than speak
  99. Good grades
  100. Completing lists
I encourage you this Thanksgiving day to start your own list. Even if this holiday season may be tough on you, you may be surprised at how much you truly have to be thankful about.