I don’t know about you, but laundry is not at the top of my list of favorite things to do. The other day a coworker said she was thankful for dirty laundry because it means that she has an abundance of clothes to wear. Not usually my first thought when I do my laundry.
We live in a country of abundance and when we have an abundance we often forget to be thankful. Or perhaps we aren’t truly thankful (though of course we’d say we are!) because many of us don’t know what it means to go without. No doubt, it’s often the things we grumble about that really ought to serve as reminders of what we have to be thankful for.
I’m thankful that I have to clean the bathroom because it means I don’t have to use an outhouse.
On bad days at work I am grateful to be employed.
I’m thankful for rainy days which makes me love the sunshine even more.
I thank God for the mundane because it gives me increased satisfaction when adventure comes my way.
I am thankful for dirty dishes because it means I had food to eat for dinner.
I am thankful for trips to the grocery store because food is so easily accessible.
Thank you God for delayed answers to prayers for it causes me to seek Your face and prepares us for Your answer, which is always best.
I’m thankful for exhaustion on a Friday night because it means God gave me a FULL week of opportunities.
I thank God for winter because it gives me the opportunity to hope for spring and summer.
I’m thankful for my dirty house because there it means it’s been put to good use (and I’m also thankful to have all the supplies to get it clean again!).
I’m thankful when my alarm goes off (though sometimes the thankfulness is a bit delayed) for God has given me another day of life.
I’m thankful for traffic because…. Uhh…. I’ll get back to you on that one. Wait, I got it. I’m thankful for traffic because it gives me time to catch up with long-distance friends on the phone. It’s a reminder that I have a purpose and a place to be, for if I had nowhere to go the traffic wouldn’t matter in the least.
Ironically, after I wrote this post I realized that Thanksgiving is in exactly one month – November 24! More on thankfulness in the days to come…perhaps even for the whole month to come!