“Remembering with thanks is what causes us to trust – to really believe” (Ann Voskamp).
“God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors. And I’ve an inkling that there are times when we need to drive a long, long distance, before we can look back and see God’s back in the rearview mirror. Maybe sometimes about as far as heaven — that kind of distance” (Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are).
“We’re called to do more than believe in God, we’re called to live in God” (Ann Voskamp).
Thanksgiving really does alter your perspective. During those times when you’re in between jobs and your bank account wouldn’t cover a Starbucks latte, it’s easy to focus on what’s lacking. But eucharisteo reminds you that really even in those times you’re truly blessed if you can only see with the eyes of your heart instead of your physical eyes. Blessings are always ready to be found by those with grateful hearts and God-centered minds. So with that, I pick up at #1,141.
1,141) Finding stray money in the pockets of my jeans and shorts.
1,142) Funny cat videos.
1,143) That there really is a fountain filled with blood where all my sins are washed away.
1,144) Being completely comfortable with interstate driving.
1,145) No humidity in the fall.
1,146) People who still practice common courtesy and good manners.
1,147) A dentist visit with no cavities.
1,148) Reading the books my favorite writers read (like reading Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton because he was one of C.S. Lewis’ favorite authors).
1,149) Watching and reading about the new birth in the British royal family.
1,150) When I wake up and roll over to see that it’s only 2 am and I have 5 more hours of sleep.
1,151) Knowing that my best day this side of heaven won’t even touch my worst day in heaven. And yes, I know in heaven they’ll all be good days.
1,152) Eating and shopping locally at non-chain establishments.
1,153) The occasional Taco Bell meal.
1,154) The way my friend Sara has faithfully greeted at Kairos and is now transitioning to being an 11:11 greeter.
1,155) Having a short-haired cat who always looks well-groomed.
1,156) That my mother finally got her new car.
1,157) Hugs from friends and family.
1,158) Those rare times when I mention something I love twice in these lists (which must mean I really love it).
1,159) Setting out on a road trip with good books and good music.
1,160) My old teddy bear that I’ve had since I was 10.
1,161) Really comfy oversized couches.
1,162) Seeing my friend from Orlando (who always makes me smile) at Kairos tonight.
1,163) Amy Winehouse’s amazing voice.
1,164) Wireless broadband internet.
1,165) The way my GPS pronounces Briley Parkway as “Brilley.”
1,166) Seeing photos of my friends and family on vacation via Facebook and Instagram.
1,167) Remembering the way the breeze off the ocean feels at twilight.
1,168) Finding books I’ve always wanted to read in the clearance section of a bookstore.
1,169) That I’ve had 21 views on my blogs today (and while that’s nowhere near a record, it means people are still reading what I write).
1,170) Making it to level 51 on Candy Crush Saga.
1,171) Remembering when technology was much bigger and heavier and slower and more expensive (and how it’s now smaller and lighter and faster and . . . well, not as expensive).
1,172) Night lights.
1,173) Not stubbing my toe on furniture in the dark at night.
1,174) Knowing that I’m not the most directionally-challenged person in the world.
1,175) People who have the gift of hospitality and practice it often.