100 Things I’m Thankful For

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6–7).

  1. I’m thankful that I feel vulnerable, which is reality.
  2. I’m thankful that I know Christ, which changes everything.
  3. I’m thankful that God is dethroning my idol of control.
  4. I’m thankful that moms and dads are playing outside with their kids.
  5. I’m thankful for the walking paths in our neighborhood.
  6. I’m thankful for social media and the connectedness it allows.
  7. I’m thankful for infectious disease experts.
  8. I’m thankful for public officials who bear immeasurable burdens to serve us.
  9. I’m thankful for our dog Thurmond, his blissful ignorance, and his constant happiness.
  10. I’m thankful to see my four kids more than normal.
  11. I’m thankful we’re saving money on gas.
  12. I’m thankful it’s springtime and a beautiful time to walk.
  13. I’m thankful my kids are learning to type better.
  14. I’m thankful that I’m forced to examine my life, my values, and my priorities.
  15. I’m thankful our staff is learning new technologies.
  16. I’m thankful we’re all in this together.
  17. I’m thankful that believers and unbelievers alike are eager to share their unique gifts with the world.
  18. I’m thankful for our school teachers who invest in our children each day.
  19. I’m thankful for our teachers’ flexibility to teach online.
  20. I’m thankful to be stretched in mental discipline.
  21. I’m thankful that physical activity no longer feels optional but vital.
  22. I’m thankful the world is compelled to value the elderly for a season.
  23. I’m thankful for my laptop, tablet, and phone.
  24. I’m thankful for fridges and freezers and microwaves and preservatives and all the ways we can store food for later.
  25. I’m thankful for mass communication.
  26. I’m thankful for a dependable water delivery system.
  27. I’m thankful for my wife who serves tirelessly and creatively each day, then wakes up the next day to do it again.
  28. I’m thankful to belong to a strong, humble, sweet, united church family.
  29. I’m thankful for classic movies like Karate Kid and classic characters like Mr. Miyagi.
  30. I’m thankful to feel helpless as a pastor, and to depend on each part of the body to do its part.
  31. I’m thankful for the knowing, sympathetic looks people are exchanging as we pass each other on walks.
  32. I’m grateful that I’m thinking about my neighbors differently than normal.
  33. I’m thankful for missionaries who often feel isolated but continue serving.
  34. I’m thankful for a home in which to shelter.
  35. I’m thankful for my mom who homeschooled me for eleven years long before it was normal, popular, required, resourced, or online.
  36. I’m thankful for science and research and data and the people who’ve worked hard to be able to gather and interpret it.
  37. I’m thankful for the remarkable human ability to adapt.
  38. I’m thankful to be in a position where prayer is my only power.
  39. I’m thankful for books, music, movies, and shows.
  40. I’m thankful for sunrises and green trees and misty mornings that remind me the world is still a good creation.
  41. I’m thankful for Romans 8.
  42. I’m thankful that the Psalms were written from a place of pain.
  43. I’m thankful for Hurricane Harvey which taught me not to exhaust myself in a crisis.
  44. I’m thankful for distance education classes that taught me to teach into a camera.
  45. I’m thankful to live in a country where debate and disagreement is allowed so that better solutions can be promoted.
  46. I’m thankful that God has been preparing our church for this season by training us to endure hardship as exiles through our series in 1 Peter.
  47. I’m thankful that our church’s financial giving each of the past two weeks has been above average because our people are generous, sacrificial, and ready to help each other.
  48. I’m thankful to own a bike.
  49. I’m thankful for cheap and easy methods of hand sanitization.
  50. I’m thankful to have kids who don’t understand how serious this is.
  51. I’m thankful to work from home for a season.
  52. I’m thankful for historical accounts of previous epidemics that help us know that others have been through similar things.
  53. I’m thankful for other churches and the great ideas they have for responding to these times.
  54. I’m thankful for Amazon and all other forms of online shopping.
  55. I’m thankful for the church in China and the remarkable stories coming out about their response to this crisis.
  56. I’m thankful for the obvious impotence of the prosperity gospel and the opportunity to see it exposed.
  57. I’m thankful that I don’t know when or how this will end because it keeps me dependent on God and living day by day.
  58. I’m thankful that any face-to-face interaction now feels like a precious reunion instead of a given.
  59. I’m thankful for the crisp mini-apples my wife found the other day.
  60. I’m thankful for the distinct pleasure of writing.
  61. I’m thankful for The Gospel Coalition and other online ministries providing rich perspective and practical guidance in times like these.
  62. I’m thankful that my son loves running with me and we have more time to do it now.
  63. I’m thankful that our church is no longer dependent on our building during this season.
  64. I’m thankful that God is showing us that we’re all only a phone call or text or email or video chat away at any given time.
  65. I’m thankful for March Madness and the NBA and Major League Baseball and the Olympics, and how often I’ve enjoyed them.
  66. I’m thankful that not watching sports has freed up lots of time.
  67. I’m thankful that celebrities are no longer driving our society and defining what matters on any given day.
  68. I’m thankful that people everywhere are learning that trivia can distract us but cannot sustain us.
  69. I’m thankful to live in a country with such order that entire cities can go on lockdown without revolts.
  70. I’m thankful that our culture is focused on “we” instead of “me” during this season.
  71. I’m thankful that believers are forced to focus on principles and lay aside preferences.
  72. I’m thankful for how the absence of the Lord’s Supper makes me long for it.
  73. I’m thankful to be tested once again in crisis leadership and to keep learning how to do it better.
  74. I’m thankful for the many years of good health most of us have enjoyed in our lives, without ever thinking about it.
  75. I’m thankful that God has given us so much guidance and so many promises and strategies to fight anxiety.
  76. I’m thankful for the normal tasks of life, like mowing my lawn.
  77. I’m thankful that so many people are turning to reading.
  78. I’m thankful that we can know what’s going on in other parts of the world.
  79. I’m thankful for our church’s small group leaders and their proactive care for their groups.
  80. I’m thankful for the rhythm of day and night, sunrise and sunset, that gives order to our most disorderly days.
  81. I’m thankful for the reset that sleep provides.
  82. I’m thankful for lacrosse balls and resistance bands and theracanes that help relieve shoulder pain.
  83. I’m thankful for framed quotes from old mentors, like the one in my office that says, “Don’t doubt in the dark what you’ve seen in the light.”
  84. I’m thankful that I’ve already died with Christ.
  85. I’m thankful that God is a faithful Father.
  86. I’m thankful that Jesus is the great physician.
  87. I’m thankful that the Holy Spirit is the great comforter.
  88. I’m thankful that my sins are nailed to the cross and I bear them no more.
  89. I’m thankful that my life is hidden with Christ in God.
  90. I’m thankful that Christ has gone ahead of his followers to prepare a place for us.
  91. I’m thankful that the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
  92. I’m thankful for each of the 66 books of the Bible.
  93. I’m thankful that Jesus is coming again.
  94. I’m thankful that Jesus’ second coming will be even better than his first.
  95. I’m thankful that, though life is short, eternity is long.
  96. I’m thankful that the new creation will have no more mourning, or crying, or pain anymore, because the former things will have passed away.
  97. I’m thankful for my parents who first taught me these truths.
  98. I’m thankful that I don’t have to decide everything but only to trust the one who does.
  99. I’m thankful for the gift of thanksgiving.
  100. I’m thankful that I have someone to thank.

4 thoughts on “100 Things I’m Thankful For

  1. Beautiful….thank you for such a thoughtful and thought provoking and gratitude encouraging post.

  2. Thanks, Gunner. Just what I needed when a moment ago I was frustrated at trying to figure out how to upload my kid’s homework to a new technology…and fearful I might mess it up. Perspective and gratitude are HUGE.


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