For me, it meant more hours at work and less down time after work. There seemed like more and more things to do. At the same time I felt like I was still leaving so many things undone. Life has been very busy. Good, but busy.
As I look at this week of Thanksgiving, I am not letting Thursday be a day of over-eating, boring football, and mindless family time. The Bible constantly tells us to remember. Stop, reflect, and remember what you have. Be thankful: for all the good things in your house you did not provide, wells you did not dig, vineyards you did not plant (Dt. 6:11). Stop and be thankful. It is a gift from God.
I am thankful because I compare. I compare myself to others less fortunate. And I know that I have so much compared to the rest of the world. Sure, my friends and neighbors may have more than me, and that's an easy comparison that could lead to self-pity. But that's not how God tells us to view others and the world. Is He enough for me? Do I trust that He is providing for our needs? Yes I do, but it's always a battle for my attention and allegiance.
I am thankful for my relationship with the Lord. I'm thankful for Katie and the love she puts into this family. I have never seen a harder working woman in my life. She spurs me on to be a better man. She doesn't stop. She's always thinking and planning. She cooks a mean jambalaya. And she married me (don't hold it against her). Shame on me for ever living a day without being thankful for Katie.
I am thankful for my son, Sorin. I am so thankful that he's healthy and so vibrant these days. He will continue to challenge me to be a great father - nothing less than a great father.
I am thankful for the work I have - I enjoy the tree work, I am challenged by the personal training, and I am trusting God for the next chapter in my life as I pursue a career in exercise and fitness.
I am thankful for the friends and family who supported us so much as we began our family with Sorin's arrival. The showers were an unbelievable help in starting this family. What a testimony to the Body of Christ, when so many come together to help for such a cause.
I am thankful for the gifts God has given me. While I may not understand why I can't use them all right now, I am very thankful for the person God has grown me to be. This is not a pat on my own back - I have short-comings longer than I'd like to admit. But God has blessed me with talents, abilities, and thoughts that are not of my doing - He is the Author. I am the steward.
I begin and I end with the Lord. I am thankful that He is in control and that He cares for me and my family more than I do. The God of David is the God of my soul. There is always much to give thanks.