Thanksgiving is upon us, so I thought that I would spend this week writing about things insightful for. In fact, I thought I would make a list of 100 things and divide it up between my three posts this week. I know that I don’t always take the time to be thankful like I really should, but it seems that this is the appropriate season to do that. Just as a matter of clarification, beyond the first two, the remainder of my list is not necessarily ranked in order of importance. There is no possible way that I could write what I am most thankful for with that degree of precision.
1. A God of love who makes Himself known through the majesty of creation, the person of Jesus Christ and in the written testimony of His Word. Not only that, but He sent His only Son to pay the penalty for my sin and provide my salvation in a way that I could have never done myself.
2. My family, both immediate and extended. What would we be without those people who are closest to us?
3. My friends. It is not good for man to be alone.
4. My excellent Bible study, Engage VT. I am incredibly fortunate to have a group of like-minded, passionate young adults who want to pursue God.
5. My church, Websterville Baptist Church. In the Northeast, we might be known for our spiritual deadness. This church stands as a light on the hill preaching the Gospel truth.
6. My power soccer team, the Vermont Chargers. I always wanted to play a sport, and now I have one that I have been able to play both nationally and internationally.
7. My other power soccer team, the North Country Storm. Who would’ve thought I would ever have the opportunity to be a coach?
8. My job. I am thankful to have a job I am physically capable of doing almost entirely independently with a great group of coworkers to help me when I need it.
9. My education. Not many people have had the educational opportunities I have had and the ability to now be pursuing my doctorate.
10. My assistants. Over the years, I have worked with a lot of people who have made it their business to help me do what I want to do. That means a lot.
11. My van. I live in a place without very much public transportation, so the fact that I have a way to get places is something to be thankful for.
12. My writing. I love that I have the opportunity to publicly share my thoughts with all of you. I am thankful to have the ability to write at least moderately well.
13. My wheelchair. Who wouldn’t be thankful for their legs?
14. Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It may seem odd to put a piece of software on this type of sentimental list, but writing would not be a practical option for me without it.
15. My doctors. Nobody loves going to the doctor, but my team has helped keep me healthy for 26 years.
16. My country. No, it is certainly not perfect, but I am grateful to be from the land of the free and the home of the brave.
17. Our military. We must appreciate the sacrifice of those who preserve the freedoms that we can easily take for granted.
18. Vermont. Again, it is far from a perfect place, but it is also one of the most beautiful places in the world with a lot going for it. If only it was a little bit warmer…
19. Apologetics. In a world full of skeptics, I’m grateful that so many people have taken the time to answer the difficult questions that need answering.
20. Baseball. I am grateful to have the ability to watch a beautiful game every night of summer.
21. Basketball. I have spent too many hours to count in the gym, and even though I don’t watch as much as I used to, it is one of my favorite things to do on a winter night.
22. Bonfires. I’ve had many a great conversations around the fire on a warm summer night.
23. Classic TV on DVD. Let’s face it. There’s nothing good on TV anymore, so at least I can watch my Happy Days and Family Ties.
24. Kindle books. I know a lot of people will disagree, but as someone with limited strength and mobility, I’m thankful I can independently access most of my library in a format that works.
25. Home. It was great to have somewhere you belong and know inside out.
26. Creativity. If I never had the spark to try anything new or dive into a new venture, I think I would be bored a lot more often.
27. Bike rides. I love taking my chair and going down the Stowe Bike Path or even just our road on a sunny summer day.
28. Straws. Drinking is semi-important.
29. My work ethic. I’m thankful that so many people around me have encouraged me to work hard and strive for what I want. They enhance my ethic.
30. My audience. I’m thankful to have people who actually come to read what I have to say. It keeps me excited to continue working.
31. My Strikeforce. I’m thankful to have the right equipment to play power soccer. Having the right tool makes a difference if you want to get the job done right.
32. My stamina. I am thankful that I’m able to function on just a little bit of sleep. Otherwise, who knows how I would get everything done?
33. My network. I have been blessed to meet so many great people over the years even though I don’t see them all regularly, I have gotten the opportunity to make some great contacts and talk to some incredible people.