First World Problems & Thanksgiving

What is God’s will for my life? Grey coat? Brown coat? This car? That car? What hair gel does He want me to wear? Or should it be a putty? Is it carbs, fiber or protein? What is His will? These are the questions that keep me up at night!!

I love this! So good. 
God’s will (or a major part of it) is pretty simple. You get this one thing and you are on your way. It’s gratitude.
Here it is spelled out for the doubters:  Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thess 5.18
See that “will of God” part there? It’s like it came from an instruction manual or something. Crazy.
We suffer from a lot of ingratitude. Probably not you, but those lesser beings among us. Like me.
Came across this on Twitter. Actually my daughter’s twitter. Which I creep. People post (tweet…whatever) “first world problems,” demonstrating the silliness of our complaining in light of life around the world. Here a few of my favorites:
·         My refrigerator is too dark because there’s too much food in it blocking the light.  
·         I would Instagram my Starbucks holiday cup but they spelt my name wrong.
·         My mini-fridge is too cold.
·         I went to a buffet and got too full before I could eat all the different foods I wanted.
·         Everyone needs an iPhone. It’s so hard to express what I’m feeling without using emojis.
·         One of my peanut butter stuffed pretzels had no peanut butter…
·         And my all time favorite: “My metal belt buckle touched my tummy and it was chilly.”
Here was mine this morning – for real: I was trying to send a picture on my iPhone, and it wouldn’t send. It made me angry. Kind of embarrassingly really angry. Like I’m poking the touch screen furiously trying to make it go kind of angry (makes me laugh as I type it’s so ridiculous).

Now really…how dim is that? I have a phone that transmits messages…like magic…through the AIR!!!!No wires!! No carrier pigeons!! No note tied to a rock and thrown through a window like Ernest T. Bass! I just type words onto the magic glass and my words fly…they FLY through the air to another person who then reads my notes – sometimes half way around the world!!!  I’m like Aladdin and the magic lamp (only it’s a phone) and people that I personally know in the world are walking a mile 3 times a day for water, and I’m angry because I can’t send a picture right at the moment I want to. Silly.

And God offers a way out of this foolishness. It’s called gratitude.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of Godin Christ Jesus for you. I Thess 5.18
So I copied something last year and I’m doing it again this year. As Thanksgiving approaches, each day I’m writing something I’m thankful to God for on Facebook to practice the discipline of gratitude and to remind myself that what I have to be thankful for, is exceedingly and abundantly more than what I am lacking. And to be a witness to others of the greatness and goodness of God.
Here are my first four posts – just as an example – you can see the rest on my Facebook page. But here’s the bottom line – are you thankful to God? How about starting now? Whether you post it somewhere as a witness to others that you are thankful or take a few moments each day to look to the heavens and thank God, you will be blessed when you do.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
OK behind as usual -Thanksgiving Day 1 – I’m thankful to God for Jessica Bohanon Dyson giving me the idea again this year to countdown to Thanksgiving by posting what I’m thankful for (I’ll be playing catch up today and tomorrow).
Day 2 – I am SOOO thankful to God for blinding Cindy Ruzicka so that she would fall in love with me and say “yes” when I knelt on the beach at Galveston (across from Gaido’s) 25 years ago to propose. 2nd best decision I ever made (Christ was first). I married UP big time. She’s beautiful, Godly, kind hearted, and loves me in spite of myself. And she’s the greatest mom to my girls I would ever wish for. I could go on and on for days and my admiration for Cindy would still be vastly understated. God is good and God is great and I give thanks to Him for Cindy – who I love greatly.
Day 3 – Let me be clear…today is a toss-up. One of the two has to go first so I tossed a coin. It’s Summer this morning. I’m so thankful to God for my 12 year old Summer. I LOVE being with her. Going to the country, going hunting (she doesn’t hunt-just goes with me). When I’m with her, there is nowhere on earth I’d rather be. Nowhere. I am absolutely that fond of her. She’s a gorgeous knockout, has had me laughing since she was born, is incredibly disciplined and loves Jesus. It is hard to communicate how much the depths of my soul fills with gratitude as I consider the idea that God blessed me with her. God is so good and God is so great and I give thanks to Him for Summer – who I love greatly.

Thanksgiving Day 4 – I’m thankful to God that in 1995 He chose to bless me with a huge surprise – a little girl! I was expecting a boy. What an over-the-top blessing to be a daddy to a girl! Better than I could ever imagine. A gorgeous knockout, disciplined beyond anything she received from me, hilarious, and a deer hunter who wears pearls while hunting! Plus – this is the best part, she is faithful to the Lord, teaching junior high girls at church every Sunday for three years now. I know I’ve said it before, but when I’m with her…there is nowhere on this earth I’d rather be. As Peppermint Patty quotes her father in Charlie Brown, Taylor Ruzicka is my “rare gem”. And since that day God blessed me in 1995, I have been her biggest fan. God is so good and God is so great and I my heart is overwhelmed today with thanks to Him for Taylor – who I love greatly.

7 thoughts on “First World Problems & Thanksgiving

  1. You are blessed indeed, David. As am I. May the Lord fill our hearts with unceasing gratitude even when circumstances cloud his glorious presence and we are tempted to forget. Turning back to say thank you is sooo worth the 'effort'. Thank you David . . . Thank you Jesus 🙂


  2. I often forget to be “thankful” for all I have…all I am able to do. This was a wonderful message. Thank you for your willingness to share your heart.


  3. Thanks for the reminder to keep an attitude of Gratitude. After the election I really did feel justified in my griping and stress, but ultimately God is in control.


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