He said it as a challenge rather than a command.
I pondered his words. The challenge seemed simple, or was it? How hard could it be to come up with three things to be thankful for each day, and different ones every day. I accepted the challenge.
After a week or two, the Thankful-for Challenge took a deeper, more reflective turn. What good things, blessings actually, had I taken for granted?
The take-for-granted list grew: A family that gets along / Plenty of food to eat plus a variety to choose from / Eye glasses / Hot showers…
Then I read about the refugees in the Middle East and the take-for-granted list took another turn: No one breaking down our door and dragging Hubby and me off to jail for our beliefs, or killing us / A snug house rather than a drafty, make-shift shelter / A soft bed with plenty of blankets to sleep on, rather than hard ground inside a shelter / Warm coats, clothes, shoes and boots / Clean water to drink…
Though given several years ago, I still practice the Thankful-for Challenge from our pastor. During times of disappointment or problems, it helps me realize the many good things still in my life.
Whom do I thank? Family, friends, and most of all, God.
What are you thankful for?