Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!
My friends, Thanksgiving is upon us yet again. A time to watch football (if you like that kind of game), eat potatoes, ham, turkey, and pie, learn some history, and, most importantly, thank our Heavenly Father for all the gifts He gave to us.
Imagine a world if we did not have a generous Father. I tried, and I just couldn’t do it.
He gave us everything we needed, and beyond! The biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere; intelligence, strength, wisdom; friends and family. Everything He, our loving King, gave to us.
Remember that as you are sitting around a table with your family, relatives, and/or friends, making ready to eat a feast (if this situation occurs, though that possibly may not be the case due to that WORLDWIDE pandemic that’s been going around; either way, I know you have something to be thankful for, if not the situation I had said).
Look around. Analyze all the things you could be thankful for. Smile. Laugh. Whatever.
The least we can do in return is be thankful.
Allow me to quote from scripture (specifically, 1 Chronicles 16:34):
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
I decided to do a little activity.
I timed myself trying to think of ten things I am thankful for (that would come with an explanation or example), in a short time. It took me 32 seconds.
Here is the list of the things I said (not in any particular order):
A clean dog, a tablet, a laptop, a large family, windows, heating vents, carpets, pizza, backpacks, and a good educational program.
To help me contemplate on why exactly I am thankful for these things.
- A clean dog. As many of you dog-owners may know, dogs don’t particularly always smell good… and our dog normally doesn’t smell good at all. But, thankfully, we just got him washed Wednesday, the 25th!! So now he is clean, and smells very good too!
- A tablet. A couple years ago I was given an Amazon Fire tablet for Christmas, by a person(s) who will remain anonymous. It has been SO convenient for research for school and for communication with friends. I am very grateful for it!
- A laptop. I have two older highschool-student siblings, and a younger middle school-student sibling. A time ago (possibly a year… I can’t exactly remember) all four of us used the same old, slow, computer. That was a homework nightmare. Thankfully, my older sister (the oldest of the named four) got a laptop then, which lightened the burden of sharing on all of us a bit. Then, this year, a person(s) who will remain anonymous gave me and my younger bro a laptop (even if it is old, and constantly needs to be plugged in or it will die after around a minute)! Plus, my older bro’s school gave him a laptop of his own to use… so no more device-fighting nightmares here any more!!
- A large family. I have been told having 7 siblings and 26-27 cousins is a large family, so I guess I might just have to agree… maybe (I have met a lot of large families). I am really proud of having a large family; it is rarely quiet in this house (Iam still debating with myself whether that is a good thing or bad thing… hehe)!
- Windows. We’re only half way through?? *sigh* Alright. Well then… I am thankful for windows because windows are thankfulness-worthy (I’m getting a bit lazy with my explanations and examples).
- Heating vents. Now, I live in a very old house. Around 150 years old. Living in an old house, it does not have all the modern qualities, and that includes vents, so it gets pretty hot in the Summer and cold in the Winter. For the Winter, we would have those old steam radiators. Thankfully, we know people. This one guy in particular who owned a repair type of shop. He and his family were extremely generous to us, and I am so thankful for them. They offered to put vents in our house; with little to no pay! *shakes head* It’s incredible how generous God can help people get.
- Carpets. Who doesn’t like carpets? I sure like ‘em, them handy lil’ things, yes indeedy!
- Pizza. If anyone walked up to me and said, “I don’t like pizza.” I’d, I’d, well, I don’t know what I’d do! Pizza is the best food of all, especially Chicago style deep dish pizza… mmmm… *made himself want pizza*
- Backpacks. Backpacks are convenient. Very convenient. So convenient that I would actually use them!!
- A good educational program. As you all probably already know, I love pizza. But besides that, I am also homeschooled, but also go to a co-op (a school for homeschoolers, that typically meets up 1-2 times a week). I’d consider my educational system to be very good, and very challenging. God truly has blessed me with this. And though I don’t consider myself smart, I do consider myself above average in some things and well educated!!
That’s all that I am putting in for this post, folks! But the list of things I am thankful for goes on and on! Indeed, I said it once but I’ll say it again, even if I and many others are going through some hard things right now, God has truly blessed me, and blessed you!
I encourage you to do this activity as well, and, if you want, you may put your list of things, along with the time it took you (you don’t have to add the explanations and examples if you don’t want to) to think of them, in the comments! I love to hear from my readers!
With God’s help,
Daniel L. Amador
CREDIT TO DANIEL L. AMADOR FOR PHOTO.