“Give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. (This is God’s will for all of you in Jesus the Anointed.)” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17, The Voice

Warning: the cliché blog post is about to happen. So if you’re tired of the same Thanksgiving blog post, stop reading now. But as a little bribe to keep reading, there will be some updates in regard to my cancer. Here are the posts about my cancer if you haven’t read them yet.

I have a lot to be thankful for. This year, however, I feel as if I have taken all the other years for granted. I have health. While I may have been diagnosed with cancer and just over a week ago had surgery to remove the cancer, I am still a healthy young man. Not everyone can say that. I am very thankful for the ability to heal from surgery. It has been tough (more on that in the next blog post). It’s not easy recovering from surgery.

I’m thankful for people who are willing to help. I’m spending Thanksgiving with my son this year. Which means I had to travel exactly one week after my surgery. I’m not supposed to lift anything over about 10 pounds. I’m very thankful for strangers being willing to help a seemingly healthy young man with getting his suitcase in the overhead bin on the airplane. I’m thankful for the kind words and empathy given.

I’m thankful for family and friends who have supported me through their prayers, food, gifts, and cards through my experience with cancer. They have carried me through as I’ve had a lot of down time (and I mean A LOT).

I’m thankful for a wife who loves me and cares for me. I have no clue how I would have survived through this ordeal had she not been by my side every step of the way. She took time off work to help me as I started the recovery process from the surgery for the cancer. She has supported me, given me courage, and babied me (even when I didn’t want to be).

All this to say that I am thankful. Paul encourages us to give thanks in all things, no matter what is happening in our lives. That is really tough. It’s really tough to thank God for the cancer. It’s tough to thank God for the circumstances that I face. Many times I don’t feel as if I want to be thankful. It’s easier to not be thankful. It’s easier to whine and complain. But you know what, I don’t want to be a whiner or complainer. I want to be someone who is truly thankful for what and who I have in my life.

While Thanksgiving is one day each year, being thankful should be every day. I don’t want to be thankful just one day a year, I want to be thankful every day of every year.

So thank you. I am appreciative for all you have done. The comments the last week have been supportive. The words have been kind. The prayers have been amazing. I look forward to many years of continued thankfulness.