What Are You Thankful For?

I’m writing this post a few days early because it’s going to be a busy Thanksgiving weekend for us. I plan to do some riding in addition to spending time with relatives and so after today, I probably won’t have time to write again until Saturday! So I wanted to talk a little bit about Thanksgiving and what I am thankful for.

I’ve been listening to people talk about this holiday and most everyone just wants to watch football and stuff themselves until they can’t move. And yeah, let’s be honest, I’m gonna do that too! But the real reason behind this tradition, which is several hundred years old now, is to give thanks to God for the things He’s given us this past year. So I’ll go first, and I’d be honored if you’d share your thoughts in the comments.

First off, I’m thankful for my family: My wife, who is truly my best friend and who I grow closer to each day, and my daughter, who is a cocky, lazy and completely loveable young lady. They give me purpose and add meaning to my life.

I’m thankful for my friends. They are very few (by choice), but are always willing to engage in good arguments over better beer, no matter how opinionated I may be at any given time. They are willing to ride with me for hours on end and not complain about their butts hurting. They give me great financial advice. They do Paul Stanley imitations from Kiss Alive! which always makes me laugh. They raise my spirits during dull grey days.

I’m thankful for my small group, or “growth group” as is the trendy term these days. Basically, it’s a group of guys that get together and study the bible and have a few laughs at each others expense. It’s been a major influence in my life over the past year, and my Tuesdays are a drag when we can’t meet.

I’m thankful for music and the musicians I know. I don’t think most people really understand the camaraderie of musicians; how incredible it feels to create simple sound that evokes such emotion in people. It truly is the greatest gift God has given me, and I am thankful for that.

Lastly, I am thankful for the opportunity to worship my God freely; to work where I wish, in the career of my choice; to speak without fear of persecution; to enjoy the fruits of a free market economy. These are things we too often take for granted, and at times seem all to willing to trade in for selfish pursuits.

I know there’s more, but those are the things that come to mind right now. Again, I’d love to hear what you are thankful for. I hope everyone has am awesome Thanksgiving!