On Thanksgiving I woke up thankful. It happens to me every now and then, and sometimes I just force it because it works. Sexual purity is a battle and thankfulness is a superior weapon of warfare. When it’s dark outside/inside, when nothing seems to be working and your world feels like it’s crashing down pick up your weapon and fire it by just beginning to say out loud what your thankful for. It changes the spiritual atmosphere you live in, it gets your head right by allowing you to look at what you do have vs what you don’t. Here’s what came out of my mouth Thanksgiving morning:
I am thankful for my life and health of all my family, excellent food in the fridge, dreams and hope for the future, a fantastic wife, my friends, our home, my truck, boots, my pocket knife, my dog, money/work to keep the bills paid, all the great voices in my life both today and in the past, our country, hot water, the lake nearby, the deer I shot on opening morning, my bed, laughter, the men on Monday night, our church, even the failures that made me who I am. I am thankful for all the great books I have read and am reading, movies that make me cry, the people in my life that make me want to be a better man, young people that give me energy and keep my passions alive, my wife’s cooking, that big ol beautiful moon last night, the great dinner and company we had with us. The coaches and teachers that play a role in the lives of my children, and the faithfulness of our God.
Gratefulness is good for you. It opens doors to the relationships that heal you. It’s a great tool to get you out of a dark place and even better one to keep you there. So get grateful, our God is faithful. Stay in the game and make gratitude a lifestyle. Being happy with what you have and who you are. It’s the light switch to a dark room and thankfulness is the currency that keeps the lights on.