Years ago Louie Giglio talked about using an alphabet of praise in prayer. During this season, I thought “Why not an alphabet of thanks” too. I spoke last week at Grace Fellowship about how being grateful is often an indicator of generosity. As I was preparing the talk – the idea of an Alphabet of Thanks came to mind so I started jotting down the things that came to my mind from A-Z. Maybe you ought to take a couple of minutes during this Thanksgiving holiday to do the same personally or together as a family. Who knows what your list will hold? Here’s what I wrote down initially….as my Alphabet of Thanks…..
A nimals (with the exception of skunks) even though I guess I should be thankful for them too.
B arrett and B enaiah – my two new grandsons
C hurch – my church – our staff team – our leaders & vols – our family
D ad – my dad who is definitely one of my heroes
E ternal life
F orgiveness – b/c I’ve been forgiven of so much
G race – w/0 it I would be lost – I live under grace
I phone – really I love using it even though I have a love/hate relationship with AT&T
J anet – my wife and “hot mama” of nearly 35 years
K ids – my kids and their spouses – the fact they’re all followers of Christ
L ife – b/c every day is a gift
M 0ther – my mom is an amazing woman who loves genuinely no matter what
N ature – love the beauty & majesty of the creation that God has given us to enjoy
O pportunities to serve Christ
P eople who have influenced me toward Christ & those who still do
Q uicken – helps me keep our finances in order (really)
R elationships with family & those genuine friends in my life
S avior – Jesus Christ
T oys – and the joy they bring to kids (even big kids)
U mbrellas – when it rains – it looks like I have no hair on my head w/o an umbrella !
W ord of God
X ylophone – b/c I like music and there aren’t many X words
Y oung Believers b/c they’re so passionate & hungry
Z oos – b/c we went to them often when I was a child & I love watching the animals
After hearing this, I did this. I also asked my girls to do it. It was amazing and eye opening to see what they put. My 8 year put down the sweetest things. Even used the word quakers(ducks) for the letter Q. It was also nice to see that my 12 & 16 year old were thankful for things that I wasn’t sure they knew went on around them. I will hold on to these because I know now that they are listening to me!