What Are You Thankful For?

Photo by MTSOfan via flickr

When asked to list what he was thankful for, one little boy wrote, “My glasses!”
“That’s good,” said the teacher, “they help you see better”.
“No,” responded the child, “I’m thankful for my glasses because they keep the other boys from hitting and fighting with me and the girls from kissing me.”

At the end of the year, our natural tendency is to fuss and complain about the bad things that have happened during the course of the year, the bad decisions we have taken, our unrealized goals, how others have tampered with our plans and so on.

But this is not the best way to end the year. Instead, we must be intentional about being grateful to God for all the good things He has done for us and more importantly the Person He has been to us. By the way, we don’t have to be thankful based on the misfortune of others. If we think deeply, we certainly can thank God on the merits of our pursuits of purpose.

One, we should be thankful for the gift of life. This is essentially all we need to be thankful. Scripture says all who have breath should praise God. Our thankfulness should not depend on anything other than the flow of breath in our nostrils.

Two, we should be thankful for the understanding of life’s purpose. Without purpose, life is meaningless. If we have received and enjoyed the grace to be purposeful in the closing year, this is certainly a reason to be thankful.

Lastly, we should be thankful for the hope that we can get better. No matter what we may have faced in 2015, the new year comes with the promise of a better us and fresh opportunities to grow, excel and prosper.

As we wrap up 2015, what are you (specifically) thankful for?

I was (originally) going to write a reflection on my favourite posts published this year before I got the inspiration for this post. So, I’ll like you to do that for me. Which of the 52 posts published on this blog this year blessed you most? Please,drop a comment!

I wish you a blessed and most purposeful 2016!


Grateful for the Little Things.

Grateful! Photo credits: DayronV via pixabay

Last weekend, I added a year to my life. My boss was out of the country so I took the day off with her kind permission. For me, it was a time to reflect on God’s goodness and be grateful for the wonderful things he has done in my life and the people around me.  I had a lot to be thankful for: my family, friends, studies, ministry and everything. I took some time to examine my life goals, see how far I had come and be thankful for that.

But as I thought about these things, I realized how easy it was to frantically search for the big things for which we can be grateful. I saw how easy it is to be negative when we cannot find those big things especially when we fall into the trap of comparing our pursuits with others’. Perhaps, it is a mark of our humanity to be ungrateful for such little things as the air we breathe and the beautiful colors of the rainbow.

Yesterday, I was to provide sputum specimens for one of the tests we have to do in preparation for resumption at the law school. It’s hard to believe but I could not bring myself to produce sputum for the test. For more than three hours, I coughed and stressed my throat looking for a liquid substance I would on a normal day, dispose off casually. I realized that most of the time, we become grateful for many things when we are direly in need of their availability but for some reason we are confronted with their scarcity.

We are more grateful for oxygen when for some reason we have to depend on a machine to breathe. We are more grateful for the life of a loved one only when the cold hands of death snatches them.

This week, I want to encourage you to look out for the little things that really matter to your pursuit of purpose and be truly grateful for them. Let’s be grateful for life, love, faith, hope and purpose . Let’s be grateful for time, people, air, water and the challenges we face that make us stronger on our journey. Let’s be grateful for the grace to be grateful, for gratitude is the spice of life.