“I’m thankful for my glasses!” the little boy said when it came his time to share with the class. “Why?” the teacher asked. “Well, they keep the boys from hitting me, and the girls from kissing me!” he answered.

We may not have new glasses to be thankful for, but all of us have something. As Americans, we can be thankful:

1. We live in America. We are a land of freedom and opportunity. That’s why millions in other countries want to come here. As a nation, we have faults, but we are still the greatest nation on earth.

2. We have many freedoms. We can come and go as we please. We can live our lives as we please. We can become anything we dream, and are willing to work for. We are free to express our opinions. We are free to criticize our leaders. We can do and say things in America that in other countries could get us arrested, thrown in jail, shot, or beheaded.

3. We live in a democracy. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights state that “our government is to be of the people, by the people, and for the people” (all the people). When the people we elect who are supposed to represent us, and work for our best interests don’t, we can throw them out. All it takes is a large voter turn-out.

4. We have freedom of religion. We are free to be religious in any form we choose (Protestants, Catholics, Pentecostals, Jewish, Muslim, etc.). That also means we have the freedom not to be religious (atheist). It’s our choice.

5. We have homes. Most of us have a roof over our heads and food on our tables. We have people we love and who love us. We have moms and dads, husbands and wives, children and grandchildren, and friends. That’s a lot.

6. We have spiritual blessings. As Christians, we have a God who loves us, a Savior who died for us, and the Holy Spirit who guides and comforts us.
Think about these things. Don’t we have many reasons to be thankful?

Robert Wilkerson, D.Min is a Christian author who writes books, devotionals, and editorials. Contact him at