Today in church we had a lesson on gratitude. I thought it was highly relevant to me at this time, and I realized something. It's hard to think of things to be grateful/thankful for if you aren't in the habit of thinking of those things. I mean, we are told quite often to be thankful, and we nod our heads and say, "Yep, that's a great thing to do." and then go on with our lives and don't really think much more of it (at least, I don't). So I think that being grateful/thankful is a skill that takes effort. Anyway, that was random, and not what I'm thankful for today, but I just thought I'd share.
Today I've decided to be thankful for a Heavenly Father who gives us opportunities to better ourselves. He doesn't just say, "Well, you've messed up so I'm sorry, but you're finished." He's patient enough and willing enough to give us things to wake us up to what's important in life. An old friend called this getting hit in the head by a spiritual 2x4. Sometimes it's a painful way to wake up, but sometimes it's what we need. Anyway, I'm just glad that He doesn't give up on us...even if we keep doing the same things over and over again. He lets us keep trying. And that is definitely something to be thankful for.