What I’m Thankful For

What I’m Thankful For

I’m a list maker. It keeps me focused on what else needs to be done. I love crossing them off one at a time until there is nothing else needing my attention.

But the following list is not one I will ever be done with, nor am I crossing these off. It’s a list of things I’m thankful for in no particular order:

  • A faith that has held me when I couldn’t hold it
  • A God who is more stubborn than I am
  • Denise—she is self-explanatory
  • A family that works hard, plays hard, and gives much
  • Hilarious grandchildren
  • The chance to see the future unfold in the eyes of Trevecca students
  • The ability to write and enjoy books
  • Where I get to live
  • Driving a 10-year-old car past 250,000 miles so the university doesn’t have to buy me a new one
  • Three families whose large gifts have made Trevecca much better

That’s 10. I’ll stop there for now. I am a very rich man.


Make your own thankful list and post it in the comments. Don’t forget to download the free Scripture art of Psalm 136:6; you can find it here.

Happy Thanksgiving! May you and yours have a blessed holiday!

Black Friday, Blue Laws, and Thanksgiving Blessings

Black Friday, Blue Laws, and Thanksgiving Blessings

The day after Thanksgiving has become the biggest shopping day of the year. And now, some of the big box stores are inching into Thanksgiving Day itself by opening on Thursday afternoon. A national day of giving thanks has become a national day of acquiring more. We call it Black Friday. At least we named it well.

I think football is to blame. When over-fed men won’t converse with their families, but pile into stuffed chairs and watch football into oblivion, women go shopping. It is payback for the scant thanks the women got for all their hard cooking. I know; this sounds very sexist. Men do cook and women do like football. I’m generalizing here.

But I’m still sad that stores are opening on Black Friday and Thankful Thursday. Because we don’t need more practice at buying stuff. We need more practice at conversing, playing, walking, and talking—at being a family who exits the rat race for a respite of gratitude. It’s hard to do that while you’re wrestling a bargain toy from a fellow human or snoozing to another NFL game.

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Embrace Gratitude! Free Scripture Art Download

Embrace Gratitude! Free Scripture Art Download

How’s your attitude? Is it one of gratitude?

This time of year naturally lends itself to our reflection of God’s blessings in our lives and what he has done for us.

Take a minute to meditate upon the verses below and give thanks with a grateful heart.

As my gift to you, I invite you to download this beautiful graphic of a favorite Bible verse, Psalm 136:3. It’s a high resolution image, so you may print it at a large size and frame it if you wish.

DanBoone_GiveThanks_graphic

 Click here to download the art print.

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What Am I Thankful For?

What Am I Thankful For?

I just finished submitting the manuscript for my next book. It is titled, The Way We Work: A Christian Theology of Human Labor.

I find myself thinking these days about the work we do on a Christian campus. The work is challenging, formational, never-ending, and future-making. I think our God is vitally interested in the spiritual formation and maturation of the next generation of Christians, especially during the years that they are most prone to leave their childhood faith.

So to answer my own question, I am thankful for meaningful work to do at Trevecca. We are participating with God in creating the future.

And I am also thankful for friends like you who make this possible.

May your Thanksgiving reflect deep gratitude to God,
Dan Boone