Exponential Thanks

Happy corgi dog on bench

I drafted this post a few days ago, from my phone late at night, and I simply haven’t gotten around to finishing it until now.  Today, over 100 people, even children, were injured or killed by a couple of bombs that were set off during the Boston Marathon.  Today might strike you as an odd day to post an entry about thankfulness.  Today, though, I believe, is the perfect day to share this.  I am very thankful that my friends in Boston are all okay, and I will continually pray for everyone involved, but I’m going to leave it at that.  The rest of this entry is as I originally intended it to be, save for this acknowledgement, because that’s how I feel it should be read… regardless of our communal knowledge and the sadness of the day.

As I prayed the other night, I did nothing but thank God.  I was inspired to do so by a story from the Old Testament in which, immediately after having his prayers answered, a man turns in thankful prayer.  I started to thank Him for the small things from the day, and as I knelt here in the darkness of my room before bed, that list only continued to grow.  The more I thanked Him, the more I found to be thankful for.  Not every item on my list was deep and meaningful (dogs and other cute things were on the list), but not everything I mentioned was material, either.  Even as I reached out with my hand to stabilize myself on the desk next to me (my balance is much worse in the dark), I found that I was thankful even for having hands and the ability to control them.  I prayed until my unsteadiness finally forced me to lay down, and then I was only awake long enough to draft a version of this post before I fell asleep.

Thankfulness grows upon itself, as a vine – spreading and slowly branching out.  It expands, exponentially, and I found nearly unable to keep up with every thought.  The more I was thankful for… the more I was reminded of things I was thankful for.  It’s not always easy.. sometimes you might feel miserable, physically or emotionally, and life can wear you down, but I encourage you in this – pray and remind yourself of the things you ARE thankful for, and I believe that God will be faithful to remind you of so much more.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”



About Mark Mushakian

Just a man who loves God, women, kids, dogs, movies, and every other lovely thing in life :)
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3 Responses to Exponential Thanks

  1. Really liked your post, Mark, and thanks for stopping by and commenting on mine about art. I’ll approve your comment and do a reply. I saw that as a first step in some thoughts around art, and of course individual taste will have to feature too. 🙂 I do think though that it’s also possible to think something is really skillful or great, and still not like it (totally agree with you about Psycho too!!!!!)
    It’ll be interesting to see how this conversation develops.


  2. Thanks 🙂 It’s definitely possible to appreciate a work’s technicalities without actually liking it. I think the opposite is true, too. I didn’t enjoy watching Citizen Kane, but when I then listened to the commentary by Roger Ebert, it was interesting to find out how certain things were done – or why. On the other end of the situation, I enjoy plenty of songs that aren’t any type of musical genius, and I’m aware of that.. they’re just fun 🙂

    For anyone else, the post (and my comment) being referenced, is here: http://lovelifeloavesandfishes.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/why-does-modern-art-make-people-feel-stupid-or-the-case-of-the-shrinking-artist/


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