10 Things You’re Thankful For Today?

As the first class starts at 8:00 a.m., the teacher gives the assignment: “Write down 10 things you’re  thankful for so far today.”  Do What?! I just woke up. I have not had my coffee yet.  I’m just trying not to fall out of my wheelchair.  After weeks of doing this back in seminary, my morning perspective changed:

  1. I’m thankful woke up this morning.
  2. I’m thankful ate breakfast on my way out the door.
  3. I’m thankful I have a lightweight wheelchair so i’m not slowed down.
  4. I’m thankful I  got to drive to class.
  5. I’m thankful I have a jeep that i drove here.
Wow, this black and white verse came alive: “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭NLT).”  Not only is this a great positive thinking exercise.  Thriving in thankfulness is God’s will for you and me!  Then, I was on a “roll”:
  1. I am able to throw my wheelchair in the back of the jeep!
  2. I am able to walk around my jeep!
  3. I am blessed to be in seminary.
  4. I have clothes and shoes to wear.
  5. I do not HAVE to be anxious about anything, now!
If I’m tempted to be anxious or to worry, I write the list above today.   In fact, God’s Living Word says this: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NIV).”  I love what comes after this big “but”… “with thanksgiving”!  
[tweetable author=“@toddlollar”] God wipes out your anxiety through you being thankful! [/tweetable]
Stop reading this right now.  I encourage you to write down ten things you’re thankful for today! Go!
We’re thankful for you! 

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