Here are some things I’m thankful for that don’t usually find a place in your average Sunday praise song:

  • A quiet, dark morning with an open Bible
  • A turned-off television
  • Coffee cake
  • Toilet paper
  • Cars
  • Enemies who hate me
  • International vaccinations
  • Notebook computers
  • Sunshine reflecting off the frost
  • Headphones
  • Socks
  • A God who loves himself and is committed to fulfilling his purpose in me

You probably read the last one and said, “We sing about that!”  Really?  Do you really sing about God loving himself?  If God is committed to me, that’s fine and dandy, but if he fails to ever be committed to himself, he would no longer God because he would put something (namely me!) above himself.   Here’s how David says it in Psalm 138:

I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

Before God exalts me or you or the church or anything else, he has lifted up high his name and his word.  His name is synonymous with his glory (Isa. 42:8; 43:7).  His word is Jesus, the perfect manifestation of who God is, because Jesus is God (John 1:1-14; Heb. 1:1-3).

There’s much to be thankful for today, even little things like cars and toilet paper and travel vaccinations.  But the greatest thing to be thankful for is that God loves himself, because if that weren’t true then we would have a God who isn’t supreme and sovereign and holy and unstained and preeminent.  He’d be like us.  And that would be no God at all.

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One thought on “I’m Thankful for Toilet Paper, Coffee Cake, and God’s Love for Himself

  1. I spent 6 weeks in the Solomon Islands a few years ago. Once you leave the main townships, you really enter another world. At the time, I wondered why we went to the trouble of flying out about 300 rolls of toilet paper with us. Later we discovered that the locals don’t use paper – they use coconut fibre. Ever since then, I’ve ALWAYS given thanks for toilet paper. And with three kids, it’s not always a given that it will be where you need it to be, too.
    On the other hand, three kids is noisy – I get thankul for a turned-OFF television!

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