[what if…?]

[what if…?]

What if you woke up tomorrow with just the things you thanked God for?

My pastor asked that question yesterday at the morning service and although I’ve read it before, it got stuck in my mind. Then our youth pastor used the same question later in the day, asking every single person who was at the youth group what they would have.

Most people would have food. Not much else. One guy laughed because he said that he was thanking God for problems in life…

I forget to be thankful for so many things. Last week I’ve read a bunch of lists talking about “first-world problems” and while I admit that Ukraine is far from being a first-world country (we’re second or even third – depends on the part of Ukraine), I am doing quite well.

The problem is – I often simply don’t know what I have (or that I have something that is not that accessible to other people).

When my youth pastor asked that question, my first answer was “I’ll have hot water.” Every year, in summer, the hot water is turned off for about a month in Kyiv for pipe maintenance stuff. I hate that month – I love showering and I love soaking in hot water. Thankfully, since it’s summer, by the end of the month, I can easily shower in cold water. Yet when the hot water comes back, it’s a holiday for me. So a few years ago, I somehow ended up with a habit of thanking God for hot water every time I walk into the bathroom. It’s an odd prayer, but I really am thankful for hot water.

Some time ago, I’ve read an advice that I used to adhere to every single night. It’s not as often these days, but I still try.

When you want to fall asleep, don’t count sheep. Count all the blessings that you’ve got today.

I still haven’t counted them all – and there are more and more coming every single day!

I am thankful for… [In no particular order] Friends, family, work, food, hot water, my apartment, my cat, sunshiny weather, snow, His patience, His love and mercy, grace, the fact that soon it will be Spring, my Church, coffee, times of laughter, washing machine, snowboarding, bananas, computer, internet, wi-fi, Facebook, blogging friends, random hugs, my plants, my boss, the fact that I can read and write in three languages, His sense of humor, Dean Koontz, Ted Dekker, Darien the Angel, Jesus, Peter, Paul, Thomas, the fact that I can breathe on my own, walk, run, laugh, see, taste food, hear music, feel the softness of my cat’s fur and her scratchy tongue… Warmth of my apartment, the quietness right now, clothes, books that teach, books that entertain, books that remind about tough stuff, Bible which includes all those previous categories, stars that share their millions-years-old light with me, Big Bang theory, quantum physics, antimatter. I am thankful that God is here. I am thankful that He created this world the way He wanted it to be. I am thankful that I live.

What are you thankful for?

  • I also love hot water. Its that overseas living that makes you appreciate it 🙂
    I sorta wrote about this today… I’m thankful for His grace, the raindrops on my windshield, a car, fingers to type, a voice to speak, laughter from children, dark chocolate, my water bottle, being reminded that counting His gifts to us is a gift in itself…..
    sending love to your part of the world today, Zen!

    • Heh, God’s sense of humor is ironic at times – I walked into the bathroom this morning to find out that there’s no hot water. And I definitely needed to wash my hair because there’s a very important event tonight… so I tried to brave cold water (which usually works okay, but the water was icy cold), so I ended up with a shampooish mohawk on my head waiting for the water to heat up in a teapot… *Sigh*… 

      Btw, raindrops on the windshield are cool. I like riding in the car when it’s raining.Thanks for stopping by, Bekah! 🙂 

  • Epic list there. My wife actually just finished up a pretty cool thing… She listed 1000 things she was thankful for on her Facebook statuses, and that was all she posted til she reached the end (a couple of days ago). 

    I started, but only got to like 32 because I did it in my journal, and now I don’t even know where my journal is… =)

    • WOW. I like Kalyn’s idea. Did she post one every day or she posted several times a day? 

  • Joanne Norton

    I’m thankful for many things, too.  When we left Uganda 5 times and came home, my husband was always happy to turn on the faucet and drink the water.  No need for boiling and filtering.  I was happy for hot showers.  And flushing toilets.  Here, I’m thankful for the Lord dropping dear ones into my life… especially my Bhutanese families [about 50 people that I’m involved with in a wild variety of ways].  However, a thankful bit at this moment that I wouldn’t have thought of:  I received a book from a contact in Singapore… have never met her, but edited a book she had written and she has sent me wonderful gifts occasionally, but I hadn’t heard from her for about a year.  The book is written by a former Hindu.   I think I’m supposed to focus on reading it, so will.  But I never would have expected a book or gift… and it came!  How kind of our dear Father to give me a surprise present.   Thank you for sharing and making the rest of us dig into our hearts and seek thankfulness.

    • Nice – unexpected gifts are the best kind. What’s the book about?

      • Joanne Norton

        It’s called The Maharishi of Mt. Hailash.  I have no idea what it will be like, but supposed to be the story of a Christian hermit in a Himalaya cave about 400 years ago.  I’ll read in in the next few days. 

  • I would like to say ditto but there are some things in your list I cannot relate to.  Your authors. Snowboarding.  Cats!  But I can ditto to many of them. And can add: my wife, my girls, my grandson, the church I pastor, being able to bike, and you.  🙂

    • Sorry bro 😀 But together, we can be thankful for more things than just you or I alone 🙂 So if you take all kinds of people, we can be truly thankful to God for everything 🙂

      I am thankful for you too, big brother 🙂

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