Day Six | 31 Days of Thanksgiving

[Today’s guest post is from Dan Rose. Dan is a dear friend and, as you will see, terribly thoughtful. Be sure to check him out on twitter too!]
What are you thankful for?  This is the question that was posed.

Ever since the question was asked I have been thinking about it.

This is a question we ask around our kitchen table as opposed to the generic “God is good, God is great…”

How can you answer such a question with any kind of authenticity and keep the post relatively brief?

When I think about what I am thankful for I am amazed at all that I really ought to be thankful for, but I’m not. I am not thankful, at least not usually.  I want to be one of those people that are constantly overwhelmed by gratitude.

I really do. But, I’m not.

Life is more complicated, it seems.

What am I thankful for?

I am thankful that there are people who are asking the question and forcing people like me to actually consider the question. I hear that question and the normal sorts of things that I ought to be thankful for pop into my head: friends, family, God, faith, love, relationships, provision, daily bread, grace, mercy, and the like.

My head tells me I am thankful for these things. My life tells me otherwise.

I don’t think I’m alone.

To answer the question, I ask another: If our lives don’t reflect gratitude are we really thankful?

[Here’s the link to all of the 31 Days of Thanksgiving posts.]

One Response to Day Six | 31 Days of Thanksgiving

  1. Dan,

    It sure seems to be difficult to express gratitude when that thought process is like an unused, under-trained muscle. The analogy I would use, is that it is like running a marathon, when climbing the stairs is a tiring activity.

    Baby steps, baby steps…

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