I sat down hoping to write something prolific about being thankful. I wanted to show off my writing skills as only a self-proclaimed professional blogger could. Even the good Baptist preacher in me searched Scripture looking for something that would make this post deep and thought-provoking. The problem was…I couldn’t think of anything to say! Imagine that! A preacher, spoken word artist, blogger, and budding scholar has nothing to say about thankfulness!
What a mess! Or…so I thought.
It was then that I began to ask myself what I was thankful for. And, at first, all of these major things began to come to mind. I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for the roof over my head and the clothes on my back. I am thankful for the opportunity to get another degree… even though I can sometimes do without the work. I came to the conclusion that I have much to be thankful for!
But the problem is, everyone may not be able to relate to this grandiose idea of what thankfulness should be applied to. So then… what else is there to be thankful for?
I don’t think I’m alone when I say that we note our gratitude for “grander” things in life before we acknowledge the power of the “little things.” Little things like lighting a candle just because you like the smell of it. Little things like the $5 you put in your gas tank getting you through the rest of week. Or, long drives at night just to think while the rest of the world is sleeping. Or even just being able to finally sit down and rest your body after having spent the last few weeks studying for Neal’s Old Testament/Hebrew Bible exam while juggling an internship, job, and an ungodly long paper for Ethics or Theology.
Whether we realize it or not, we meet the little things in life far more often than we do the things we call great. And it is in the little things that we should nestle our hearts of gratitude in. For it is often the sweet and tender joy of the little things that bring the sigh of relief in the constantly moving world.
So, as you go about your day, week, month, or even year, take a moment to acknowledge the little things. For it is often the little things that give us the push we need to keep going.