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Day 45: Easter Eggs, Faithfulness, and We are Done, Thank You Very Much

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 Well, this is it; the 45th day of thankfulness! If you’ve held on this long, you’re probably the type of […]


Day 44: Making a List, Checking it Twice, and Overlooked Gifts

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:22-23 When I was a kid, I would make a […]


Day 43: Elephants, Finish Lines, and an Appetite of Thankfulness

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as […]


Day 42: Failure, Pride, and the Luxury of Misery

Pride cannot trust God. The posture of trust is too weak. Too dependent. It calls too much attention to the strength and wisdom of another. Trusting God is the heartbeat of humility, the opposite of pride. John Piper There are few greater luxuries than misery. Does that sound right? Indulging in the luxury of misery, […]


Day 41: Pain, Suffering, and the Perfect Gift

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4 NLT In […]


Day 40: BFFs, Twins, and the Unthankfulness of Partiality

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. James 2:8-10 A […]


Day 39: Braveheart, Freedom, and Thieves of Thankfulness

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:15-16 In the movie Braveheart, William Wallace gave his ragtag group of Scotsmen a […]


Day 38: Oceans, Nutshells, and the Awesomeness of Creation

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In […]


Day 37: Grief, Gratitude, and Wrestling with the Dark

We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination. C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed […]


Day 36: Firings, Rejection, and the Thankfulness of Letting Go

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5 A friend of mine wrote a business book with short […]


Day 35: =Good Guilt, Bad Guilt, and the Thankfulness of Forgiveness

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10 What if I told you you could live a guilt-free life? Would you do it? Wanting to live a guilt-free life is wanting Heaven on Earth when we are still sinning, still far less from […]


Day 34: Tech Support, Hackers, and Who Gets the Good News

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to […]


Day 33: Sleep, Busyness, and the Thankfulness of Rest

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the […]


Day 32: Temptation, Future Failure, and Where Sin Starts

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. JAMES 1:14-15 Based on a story by famed science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, “Minority Report” is an action-detective thriller set in Washington […]


Day 31: Limited Menus, Critics, and the Root of Unthankfulness

And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into […]


Day 30: Barometers, Worship, and Idols that Steal our Thankfulness

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. Psalm 95:1-3 Growing up watching a lot of TV during a […]


Day 29: Penpals, Persistence, and the Idol of Comfort

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 When I was in elementary school, long before the Internet and back when phones were […]


Day 28: Workaholism, Service, and the One Thing that Matters

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:40-42 NLT Have you ever heard of the term “workaholic?” The term workaholism was […]


Day 27: Hoarders, Mind Clutter, and Breeding Grounds for Discontentment

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 Have you ever seen the TV show “Hoarders?” It’s an uncomfortable watch for me. I don’t mind clutter; if you could only see […]


Day 26: Log Trucks, FOMO, and Risking for the Glory of God

For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31-33 The first big risk I took (according […]