1. I’m thankful for my wife. This seems like a gimme, but I’ll give you an example. Around May and early June of this year, I was 25 pounds heavier, and my cholesterol was THIRTY points higher. Since getting married, my beloved has made it her mission to help me pursue a healthy lifestyle, while still staying on a budget. She writes meal-plans, she bargain shops, she cooks from scratch. My life and health are literally, quantitatively better because of her.
2. I’m thankful for my accountability partners. I’ve been meeting with the same two guys for about a year and a half, and it’s been a challenging and beneficial time. I appreciate having men I can be totally honest with, who will call me out on stuff when I’m slipping into laziness or selfishness. Not only that, but they’re the type of guys who will lend a helping hand when you need it, no matter the inconvenience. True friends.
3. I’m thankful for my job. Though it can be frustrating, my job really is a gift. God has given me a good job that I’ve had for over a decade. I make a good living and am able to provide for my household. On days when I think i’d rather be driving a bread truck, I need to remember this. I need to be more thankful.
4. I’m thankful for my church. I am part of a great church, where I’ve been serving for more than 9 years as a Bible study teacher for twentysomething singles. It has been a singular honor and privilege to be part of this church, and to be part of that “Young Professionals” group. When it comes time to leave, that will be a hard thing.
And on a much less serious note:
5. I’m thankful for football. Particularly, that the NFL season is about to start. I don’t get caught up on college football like most guys, but for some reason, I just enjoy pro football. Even if it’s my beloved and beleaguered Texans.
6. I’m thankful for the return of “Doctor Who.” Because that show is awesome. I’m excited to see Peter Capaldi’s take on the character. And it just so happens, the (new-apartment-mandated) cable TV will be installed the day before. That’s providence, folks.
7. I’m thankful for Labor Day. An entire day spent with my lovely bride, and it won’t involve moving boxes or dealing with other people. I can’t wait.
YOUR TURN: What are you thankful for, this fine Thursday? Comment below!