just a little reflection on thankfulness on this day of thanksgiving.
our pastor this morning said something that resonated with me and i have been dwelling on it all day. he said "we should be grateful for dirty dishes..." and i thought, "huh. am i grateful for the dirty dishes that are piled up high in both sides of my kitchen sink at home right now?"
not so much.
but i should be.
because having dirty dishes means that we have an abundance of food to eat to make those dishes dirty.
i am thankful for heaps of laundry because that means we have more than enough clothes to cover our bodies and keep us warm, soft sheets and blankets to sleep on in our comfy beds, and fluffy towels to dry ourselves off after our daily hot shower.
i am thankful for sticky dirty floors to mop because that means i have a strong and safe home that gives me shelter each day.
i am thankful for icky toilets and toothpaste covered sinks to clean because that means i have running water to keep us clean and sanitary.
i am thankful for dust in my house because that means i have "stuff" i love to showcase and entertain myself and family with.
i am thankful for the daily mess in my bedroom of a bed to make and clothes to put away because it reminds me that i have the love of my life to share that room with.
i am thankful for everyday messes, the "art cabinet" that is overflowing with paper, the toy that jams into my foot when i step on it, the sticky spots on my table and smudges on my windows because that means i have been gifted with four daughters who i love more than i can possibly grasp.
i am thankful for my tears and anxieties because it means God gave me a heart and a soul that feels.
i am thankful when i mess up because it reminds me of God's grace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
i am thankful for all of God's good gifts (SO many more than i mentioned above), whether they seem "good" or not. it is all in how you choose to view them. my prayer tonight is that God gives me the grateful heart that chooses to see ALL things as blessings.