Ten Things I’m Thankful For Tuesday

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1. My DVD collection. I just love it. Sections include karate flix, kids movies, classic television show collections, live concerts, comedies/romantic comedies, sports dramas, and movie musicals.

2. Man Weekends. Just had one with the homeys. We found out Little Chicago restaurant is worthy to be called my new favorite spot for pizza. I have been on a long quest to find pizza I can believe in. Feels good to have arrived.

Deep dish, Signature pie – that’s what you need to try at Little Chicago.

3. T-shirts. They’re probably in the top 5 of my favorite articles of clothing. Seems like manufacturers used better, more durable material back when I was a teenager.

4. Dairy Queen’s “mini size” blizzards. The small blizzard was always a little too much ice cream, though part of me always loved having a little too much ice cream.

5. Men and women who serve our country in the armed forces. I spent time last weekend with my childhood friend – a guy who once spent the first year of his marriage mostly sitting inside a tank in Iraq while his wife waited for him here.

6. iPod Touch. I love having my calendar on it, and I’m glad the Wi-Fi requirement forces me to take breaks from being “connected”.

7. Really good news I just received but promised not to repeat! I want nothing more than to talk about it here, but I won’t. Basically, something folks have waited years for has finally begun.

8. The color green.  Pretty delightful, I must say.  The best is the kind of green you see when your eyes fall on a scene where mountains above and around you are covered by trees during summer or spring.

When I was living in the mountains, people always got excited about the colors of autumn leaves, but my love for fall colors didn’t compare with the way green trees affected me.

9. The opportunity to help college students transform themselves. Today, I was torturing one of my student leaders, requiring him to stand in my office and practice a presentation I’ve asked him to deliver next month. He is a very talented student.

I’ll make him work harder for this than he has ever worked for a presentation.  And over the next two weeks, he will reach a new level as a presenter.

10. The fact that there are times when my phone buzzes because someone knew he could call me and say, “Hey, I need you to be praying for me — I’m just really struggling with temptation today…”

That fact is such a heavy blessing on me that I don’t know how to describe it, except to say it feels like one of the greatest facts I’ve ever known.

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