“Life is good when you have a good sandwich.”

My favorite actor Keanu Reeves said, “Life is good when you have a good sandwich.”

He is so right! For a lot of us, a turkey sandwich on Friday morning is one of the best sandwiches in the world.

It’s not because it has the richest ingredients, or freshest bread, or made in the best restaurants.

It’s because it’s made from leftover rolls from the night before, slapped together with mayonnaise, picked pieces of turkey off a half-eaten carcass, and dolloped with a spoon of canned cranberry sauce. All that is thrown on a paper plate,

smushed down ready to be consumed with a good old cold glass of milk.

What makes it the best sandwich in the world, are the memories that come with it, the memories of the night before spent with family, the memories of years past, and the elation of knowing you made it through another Thanksgiving dinner with... the in-laws.

Thanksgiving, gratitude, and gratefulness. Being grateful has incredible mental, physical, and emotional benefits. In fact, the Apostle Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica,

‏Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for

you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Did you catch that last part? The one where Paul revealed that giving thanks in every circumstance isn’t just a good idea, it puts you directly in the very will of God.

Many of us struggle to know what the “will of God” is for our lives. We beg Him in prayer and ask Him to show us what we should do, how we should do it, and why we should do it. I’m not saying that it’s bad or wrong to ask Him those things, but what if this year we tell God, ‏ ‏“I just want you to know I’m grateful, no matter the circumstance.” ‏

  • Grateful for the job I have. ‏

  • Grateful for the spouse and kids I have.‏

  • Grateful for the home and town I live in. ‏

  • Grateful for all of it.‏

What if this Thanksgiving you took some time to really slow down and take a gratitude inventory? What if you wrote out, line by line, everything you’re grateful for? From big things to small things, from the home, you live to the Keurig machine that automatically brews your coffee every morning. What if nothing were off limits from the gratitude inventory, what would you say? ‏

There’s power in naming the things that we’re grateful for. It helps set our focus on positive things rather than negative ones. It helps us to avoid the “poverty of complaint” and if we do it often enough, we can develop habits of gratitude in our lives. These habits become very important when adversity enters the picture. It’s easy to be grateful when things are going well, but when things get difficult, we’re quick to default back to complaining and grumbling. I think this is why the apostle Paul advises us to be grateful in every circumstance.

So FPC Chaumont, here is my request, for the rest of the week, reply to my blog and my post. Let us tell the world what we are grateful for. Share a few things on your gratitude inventory.

Let me start –

I am grateful I get to wake up every day and think of others in the church before I think about myself. I get to serve others in Christ and use my skills to further Christ’s mission at FPC Chaumont. It humbles me and I am grateful to be working with so many great people who love this church as much as I do.

Let us Pray - “Lord thank you for everything, the good times and the bad. The highs and lows and everything else in between. Please help us learn how to be joyful always, prayerful, and grateful in each and every circumstance. Amen