Be Thankful, You Ingrate!


As I was going for our daily country drive (which seems to be the only way to get my baby daughter to take a decent nap), I passed a church with a sign out front that simply read:

Be thankful for what you have. 

The message of that sign really hit home. In the words of a former pastor, “If you can’t say amen, say ouch!”

I’ll be 100% honest with you: I can often be an entitled ingrate, grinding my teeth at the abundance enjoyed by others, mistaking my own feast for leftover crumbs.

We’re currently looking to buy our first house in a new city because my work is relocating there. We’ve fallen in love with 6 houses, have bid on 6 houses, and lost on 6 houses.

The real estate market is hot, prices are at an all-time high, and we’re feeling pretty low and discouraged. It’s easy, so easy, to let my thoughts turn bitter, to clench my fists at the unfairness of it all. It’s so easy to forget all the ways in which God has been faithful.


But the words of the sign are a wonderful reminder:

Be thankful for what you have. 

And if you stop to think about it, that’s a lot. 

As I drive down country roads lined with trees turned orange and red, fields that shine gold in the sunshine, I often look in my rearview mirror to see the sweet sleeping face of my daughter who, just a year ago, was a tiny bit of cells joining together. The blessing I didn’t know I had.

And my heart swells with thanks.



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