That's a good one for me. I don't tend to be all that thankful most of the time, so it's good to stop from time to time to give thanks. I really am grateful for a lot of people and things. I just don't often stop to express it - openly, out loud, to them and to myself.
Gratitude shapes our mindset. When we live grateful lives, we tend to me more positive people. It can take my mind off my problems and maladies and focus me more on what's good, what's right with things, what's next instead of being sad or upset or mad that something didn't happen the way I wanted. That's would be selfish, eh? But I can learn from what's happened in ways other than I expected, and I can change my mind, change my thoughts, or change the course of my life. That's pretty cool.
A completely non-exhaustive list of things for which I give thanks:
God is good. Life. This creation is beautiful, wild, full of life. I'm forgiven. People are pretty amazing.
My children are beautiful, intelligent, and good people. My husband is good and kind. I married a good guy. I fell in love with someone who loves me back and cares for me. My husband is pretty smart. ;-) He keeps pressing onward and upward and draws me along with him sometimes. I have very cool sibs, and my mom is loving and caring and provided a good home and environment for me to grow up in. I get to see her and my extended family sometimes. I can see their posts and pics on facebook.
My dad was very loving and caring while he was here. I learned a lot from him, and while I miss him, I do give thanks for the life he lived and the kindness he shared...and his whistle. We share our home with a couple of spoiled, but very cute dogs that make me laugh. ;-)
I have work to do and people to do it with. I enjoy what I do and find it life-giving. I've served a number of churches filled with good people. I've been a colleague to some pretty good, fun and interesting folks. I've met a lot of interesting people and worked on some pretty cool missions. I get to officiate at the Lord's Table and have baptized a lot of folks over the years. I've been honored to set at deathbeds and officiate at some really good folks' funerals. I've worked with a lot of young folks over the years. They've kept me young and aged me quickly! ;-) lol
I have a home, a roof over my head, heat in winter and cool in summer, food to eat, clothes to wear, electricity. I drive a pretty decent (though well-used) van and can afford to put (some) gas in it and go where I want. I have insurance. I have a (pretty new) cell phone and a laptop, and while the tablet died, I did have that for awhile. I have a number of Bibles in several translations. I got to learn to read and play music. I played in a band, sang in choirs, and played handbells. Music is wonderful.
I have leisure time and a nice place to visit when we vacation. I get to vacation, not as often as I like, but I do get to. I've been on 2 cruises that went some pretty cool places. I've visited a number of countries and seen some pretty amazing things. I've seen how "the other half" lives.
I get to enjoy sunrises over the river and see a foreign country almost daily. I have health (could be better, but that's my own fault, and I keep going!). I still have my mind (for how long, that's in question!). I'm educated. I got to learn how to read and interpret Greek and Hebrew (though much of it is gone now). I draw breath each day, my heart continues beating each moment, my shoes fit, I enjoy running water and refrigeration. I get to eat big fat juicy hamburgers with all the toppings (or steaks!), ice cream and smoothies, though not as often as I would like. lol I learn things most every day. My grandparents and great-grands endured more difficult conditions than I have to.
I got to play with friends and neighbors when I was growing up. I spent much of my teens and early 20s frittering away life, but I learned a great deal from it as well. I don't live that way now. I can call to talk to my mom just about any time I like. I give thanks for that.
I can write on paper or on a computer. I can worship as I please, when I please. I can express my thoughts openly. I am loved. I'm kind of strange and quirky, but I'm still loved and often appreciated in spite of it . I am baptized, and one day, when my baptism is complete, I will join the church triumphant. ;God is so good.
I guess I could go on for awhile, but it's almost time for worship and I need to print my sermon. :-) I give thanks for that.
I'm a wife, mom, pastor, human...probably not in that order. I struggle each day to be faithful to God, to my family and to my call as a Christian and all of those previously-mentioned roles. I pray to be positive, kind and thoughtful, but tend to fall short on all counts. I am inspired by sunrises and enjoy taking pictures (mostly my kids, deer in the yard and sunrises). I waste time playing stupid computer games and wishing I'd been better at all of the aforementioned roles. ;-)