30 Days of Thanks

Have you ever taken the 30 Days of Thanks Challenge?  You may remember that this was a social media trend that started a few years ago which encouraged participants to share 30 different “people, experiences or things” for which they were appreciative.   The thought was to take the day of thanks in November and stretch it over 30 days – one for each day of the month of November.   Seeing others take the challenge, I was encouraged to do the same.

Here we go:

  1. I am thankful for my Father in Heaven. Without him, I am nothing.  Ultimately, every good and perfect thing in my life is attributed to Him (cf. James 1:17).
  2. I am thankful for my Lord, Savior, Teacher, & King, Jesus Christ, who gave His life so that I might live. His sacrifice, an act of love and grace, has made a way for me.
  3. I am thankful for the Spirit of the Lord who has shown me the way. He has sealed me & bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God (cf.  1:13-14; Rom. 8:16).
  4. I am thankful for the Word of God. It tells me where I came from, where I am, and where I am going.  Where would I be without The B-I-B-L-E?
  5. I am thankful for the gift that is life itself. I owe it to God to be ever thankful to be afforded the opportunities experienced on “God’s green Earth.”
  6. I am thankful for my salvation in Christ Jesus. What more can I say?
  7. I am thankful for the hope of heaven. I do not fear death.  I know that my death would not be the end; it would just be the beginning.
  8. I am thankful for the kingdom of the Lord. The church of Christ, the body of Christ, has a special place in my heart.
  9. I am thankful for my health. It could be better.  It could be worse.  I am thankful for what I have.
  10. I am thankful for my wife. She manages to be a Christian, beautiful wife, mother, small-business owner, seamstress, encourager, counselor, & wonderful cook all in one.  If she was anyone else, I would not know how she does it all.
  11. I am thankful for my children. They make me laugh each day and remind me just how good God truly is.
  12. I am thankful for my father and mother. They have been so good to me & trained me up right (cf. Prov. 22:6).
  13. I am thankful for my in-laws for raising such an exceptional young woman.
  14. I am thankful for my siblings. With two sisters and one brother, I consider myself a lucky man.   Not to forget several sister/brother in-laws … They’re alright too.
  15. I am thankful for opportunities. We are promised nothing.  All that lies before us is opportunity.
  16. I am thankful for the blessings of ministry. To be able to follow in the footsteps of Christ is something so precious to me.
  17. I am thankful for being blessed to preach the Gospel. What a blessing and sweet privilege!
  18. I am thankful for works of charity. This world needs more love, and any work that seeks to help others in need is a blessing.
  19. I am thankful for the little things of life. Earlier this week, I was greeted at the door by two barking dogs and one barking little toddler.  I am thankful for the little things of life.
  20. I am thankful for some of the technological advancements of our time.  It’s a great and exciting time to be alive!
  21. I am thankful for my memories. In recent days, I have been thinking about grandparents, a mountain, and a Piccadilly cafeteria.  It brings a smile to my soul to think about the good ol’ days.  These things might mean nothing to you, but they mean a lot to me.
  22. I am thankful for you, my family at Macland Road. You have been so good to my family and me since we arrived.   Thank you!
  23. I am thankful for all my brothers and sisters in Christ. Like Paul, I “always thank God for all of you” (1 Thessalonians 1:2).
  24. I am thankful for Tennessee football.  I trust that you can say the same.
  25. I am thankful for second chances. And third chances, and fourth chances, and fifth…
  26. I am thankful for our new home and am looking forward to making precious memories within it.
  27. I am thankful for music. Music has always brought joy to my life.  What about you?
  28. I am thankful for blessing of daily necessities. I know that others are not as fortunate.  I am thankful that my family is not going hungry.  God has been so good to us (cf. Mt 6:33).
  29. I am thankful the encouragers in my life. They know who they are.
  30. I am thankful for you. Thank you for reading.

“Count your blessings.
Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings.
See what God has done”
(Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1897)

About Barry Gilreath

Barry is the pulpit minister of the Macland Road Church of Christ.

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