EXTRA LONG PRAYER PROMPT CONTINUED IN THE COMMENTS ••• It's Thanksgiving Day, and across the country, people are thankful. We DO have a lot to be thankful for. What about the other 364 days of the year? Are we thankful when we’re stuck in rush hour traffic, late for work, with coffee stains down our shirt because we figured out too late that the lid wasn’t screwed on just right? Or when we just finished cleaning the house to find someone left stuff scattered all over the living room? Are we only thankful for what we have? Do we obey 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you"? Friends - we live in such a fast-paced, competitive, greedy world. It’s easier than ever (thanks to social media) to compare our lives with others and wonder why we don't have what they have. One day of thankfulness is hardly enough when we’re not thankful all the time or when we only focus on material possessions. Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Comparison is the thief of joy." It's a great saying, but I think it’s missing something, so I'm going to tweak it a little. "Comparison is the thief of joy, and robs us of a sense of gratitude." Saying you’re thankful for your car seems weak when you look with jealous longing at your neighbor’s new luxury vehicle. So, with that said, I'm putting a challenge in front of you today: make a list of things you're thankful you DON'T have. This is harder than you’d think. I’ve been mulling this over since Sunday and am still struggling with it. “I’m thankful I don’t have a life-threatening illness,” is an obvious one. What about the prayers we’ve prayed when the answer was, “no?” With some distance and perspective, can we be grateful God didn’t give us what we prayed for? Let’s go back to the car. Would you rather have the expensive, luxury car that looks pretty but is expensive to repair, terrible on gas, and really isn’t comfortable for a family? Or the dingy minivan that is paid off gets good mileage, and has traveled through much laughter because the whole family fits comfortably inside?