Doubling Your Wonder

Yesterday our nation had the opportunity to recognize Memorial Day. It is one of the most important days of the year. It gives all of us the chance to remember and be thankful for those who have given their lives for the cost of freedom.

As I head into a new week, my desire is to honor the sacrifices that have been made for me, by being more grateful.

English writer, G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

If you want to exponentially multiply your gratefulness, start with opening your eyes and looking around.

Personally . . .

I am thankful for old books.

I am thankful for the sunrise I saw over Lake Michigan on Friday morning.

I am thankful for long checkout lines that remind me life is meant to be lived slowly.

I am thankful for cold water after a hard workout.

I am thankful for encouraging comments at the end of a blog.

I am thankful for strawberries on my Cheerios.

I am thankful for my front porch.

I am thankful for movies that make me cry.

I am thankful for my coworkers who make me

want to be a better leader.

I am thankful for my blue trail running shorts that I wear on my day off.

I am thankful for the opportunity to double my wonder.

How about you?





What are you thankful for today?


adapted from 11.15.11

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David Max

9 years ago

I’m on vacation this week in Fort Morgan. It is a great place to sit and think of what I’m thankful for before everyone wakes up.
All the family we got to visit with yesterday
The beautiful view and sunrise God created this morning
People God puts in our path like Mr Kenneth an 80 Yr old gentlemen that went sailing for the first time yesterday with us.
And guys like you that write to remind us to slow down, think, and some time just count our blessings. Thank you for your friendship.
David Max


9 years ago

Thanks DM. Wish I were there to get another sailing lesson myself!

Jeremy Etress

9 years ago

I am thankful for champions in my life…
I am thankful for timely rain after a hard day of yard work…
I am thankful for God’s timing with new homes, new jobs and marriage…
all at once following persistent prayer I am thankful for competition via Ping-Pong…
I am thankful for the smell of a newly cut baseball field and double plays that kill an opponent’s rally…
I am thankful for characters in the Bible who get mentioned very few times (like Benaiah (check sp.) who killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day)…
I am thankful for dogs that can catch and retrieve a frisbee thrown in the distance…
Great Blog RG!


9 years ago

thanks Jeremy. Great comment!!!

Ryan Gravitt

9 years ago

I am thankful that I have a brother like you!


9 years ago

Comment of the year. Thanks bro!


9 years ago

I am thankfulf for the pitter patter of little feet in the middle of the night.
I am thankful for my family, all 5 kids…
I am thankful for the friends God sent into my life
I am thankful that I have a job, even if I dislike it…
I am thankful for my loving wife who puts up with me…
Thanks Randy for your blog, I am thankful for it too…


9 years ago

Thanks Jason!

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