I don't know why this morning was any different than any other, but I woke up with a grateful heart.
Thankful for family, friends, and a fantastic team.
Thankful for the air in my lungs I wasn't promised yesterday.
Thankful for my kids, even though they banged through the house waking everyone up.
Thankful for my wife, who I adore more today than ever.
Thankful for God's Mercy in my life, for the times I've succeeded He encourages, and the times I've failed, He gracefully forgives.
My spirit is full of gratefullness.
I'm thankful for the vast number of people who believe in what I feel I'm supposed to do. One thing I've learned over the last 15 years of professional life is, you can't do it on your own. There's always people around who are propping you up, giving you shots, and helping you achieve your dreams.
For those: I'm thankful.
I'm thankful to all the Youth Pastors who let me come into their world. I know how anxious that can be, not knowing what kind of mess you'll have to clean up after a guest author leaves.
I'm thankful for the Lead Pastors who graciously gave up their pulpit for a Sunday morning or Wednesday night to allow a congregation to get a glimpse of the teenage world.
I'm thankful to all those families, Fathers, Mothers, and Students who continue to support the work we're doing in Colorado and around the World.
I'm thankful for the donors who give, the volunteers who lock arms, and the 15 years of University Staff I've had a chance to work with.
I suppose this morning I got a glimpse of a "whole team" effort, and it's given me a renewed appreciation for the whole picture of God's work. I know I have a role to play, and I'm working to play it the best I know how, but I know we all have special roles to play.
Without Coaches and Mentors, teenagers would be lost.
Without Teachers, University students would continue to try and "find themselves."
Without Parents, well, we wouldn't have much of any foundation.
Without Pastors, Lay Leaders, and Para-Church Ministry leaders we would loose our spiritual direction.
Without Speakers, we walk in lack of vision.
WIthout Authors, we loose our past.
Without Encouragers, we walk in loneliness.
Without Servants, we miss out on the true form of leadership.
Without help from others, we continue to be vagabonds in a wilderness wondering to find purpose. The DIY way of life is a boring lonely road void of help, encouragement, service, or togetherness.
I'm thankful for all my dear friends around the world Today. I hope I give to you as much as you give to me.
So on this Sunday In October, let me extend the question you're direction....What are you thankful for?