Being Thankful for Something Strange

I’ve heard that writing on a regular basis can mess with your mind; that you will look at things differently and that your thought processes will become slightly askance.  You will do things like use the word “askance” in a sentence and begin using semicolons for reasons other than to make your emoticons wink.  For instance, since writing a love letter to my feet I have been thinking about how thankful I am for other things that often go unnoticed. 

I am thankful for yellow lights.  When I was a kid I learned that red means stop, green means go, and yellow means go faster.  Right?  Anyway, think about what driving would be like without the yellow to separate the green from the red.  It would be worse than if the three blind mice grew weary of running up and down a clock and tried their tiny little hands at NASCAR. 

I am thankful for aglets.  Why?  It’s impossible to lace up your shoestrings without them.  If you don’t know what an aglet is, let Phineas and Ferb help:

You’re welcome.

I am thankful for straws.  I know that some manly men call them “sissy sticks.”  I also know that it is impossible to shoot straw wrappers at people without them.  Unless you have invented a straw wrapper gun.  If you have done so I only have one question–can I have one?

These are a few of the not-so-serious uncommon things that I am thankful for, but there is one that I have been pondering that is far more serious than these.  In a strange way, I am thankful for your faults.  This sounds terrible, doesn’t it?  Please don’t start a petition to take away my ordination certificate or ask Jesus to blot my name out of His big book.  I have two reasons for being thankful that you aren’t perfect.

1.  Your faults let me know that I am not alone.  This is important because I am often a knuckle-head.  I fail and fall short and make messes out of things with regularity.  Needing forgiveness from God and others is a regular occurrence in my world.  It would be worse if I thought I was the only one.  But I am not; you fail, too.  Thank you for being open about it, for sharing how you have missed the mark and how you have been redeemed. 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
Romans 3:23

2.  Your faults also give me an opportunity to put biblical concepts into action.  Forgiveness, grace, and mercy are better actions than they are words.  One of the often unnoticed benefits of being bonded together with others in a local church or in on-line communities or in families is that we are given numerous opportunities to take what we learn from the Bible and apply it in real life.  The fact that this can get messy should not dissuade us from trying to live out what we claim to believe. 

Maybe you don’t agree with this.  Maybe you think that writing about feet and aglets and blind mice driving race cars and other such silliness has caused my judgement to be compromised.  You might be right.  All I am asking is that you ponder it for a few moments.  And if you still don’t agree, I will still be thankful that you are  like me even if you don’t want to admit it.

(What unnoticed things are you thankful for? What do you think about being thankful for the faults of other? Share away!)


53 thoughts on “Being Thankful for Something Strange

  1. Blind mice driving race cars? You’re a fan of the Busch brothers? 😉

    Solid post, dude. Although now that song is going to be stuck in my head all day. 🙂

  2. Love Phineas and Ferb.

    On that note, thank you for being grateful for my faults. There is a reason my blog is called “beta Christian”. I am a work in progress… I’m buggy and I have a ton of faults.

    Pray for me will ya?


  3. Nail clippers. I don’t give these little devices the credit they deserve.

    Being grateful for others faults is an interesthing thing–lets us know we’re not alone, proving opportunities to be more vulnerable with other folks.

  4. 1) P&F are the men!
    2) Then I must give you a LOT to be thankful for.
    3) right now, I’m grateful for the DVD player that allows me to watching Casino Royale any time I want and drool.


  5. Most excellent post.

    1. Expiration dates on milk. I think I could figure it out without them, but probably not without first taking a spoonful of gag nasty milk with my cereal.
    2. I am very thankful for the faults of others. It lets me know that I am not alone. Even little things like seeing a mistake on a blog that I read (not yours). I make them often and find comfort that others do at times.

  6. I’ve given you plenty to be thankful for then. I guess I would say that for as much as I hoped to succeed in certain ways for the past 15 years, I’m thankful that I didn’t find easy success or have too much just handed to me. I’m very blessed, but opposition develops character.

  7. Matt, your view is wonderfully askew! <–see what I did there! Askew, askance=words you don't see everyday. Plus, doesn't it sound like a sneeze? "Askew!" "Bless you!"

    It's wonderful knowing that I'm not alone.

  8. “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family….”
    “…with a knick knack paddywack, give a dog a bone, this old man went rolling home.”

    More mind numbing tunes brought to you by one who enjoys company in the misery of bad songs.

    Great post with the exception of that aglet song….ARGH!!!

  9. I was sitting on a toilet once and actually thanked God I was regular and not constipated. I take ‘in all things, give thanks’ very seriously so I’m totally with you, Matt.

  10. “your thought processes will become slightly askance.”


    One of my faults is that I don’t know what askance means. Also, is this your kind-hearted way of telling us that when we suck, you feel stronger? 🙂 No, in all seriousness, it’s true – if we weren’t all so messed up in some way, there would be no need for forgiveness, grace, and mercy.

    I sort of feel like I’m in AA, but I’ll go ahead and say it, “I’m Bryan, and I’m impatient as all get-out!” There, how’s that for some honesty?

  11. Oh my goodness, that song was so distracting that I still don’t know what an aglet is.

    I am thankful for polyester and permanent pleats – makes ironing those uniforms so much easier…

  12. I did not know what an aglet was. Now I do! Phineas and Ferb are really super funny. Good show.

    And… this is so embarrassing, especially from a girl, but I’m thankful for the invention of toilets. I’ve spent enough time camping to know I am very, very thankful for the invention of toilets.

    I totally just broke a rule in The Book of Ladyship. We never need the toilet, and we never fart.

    Excuse me while I take back my right to womanhood by going shopping.

    • It’s okay to confess–you’re among friends 🙂

      I’m not sure P and F are educational all the time, but because of that song my kids know a word that I wasn’t aware of until my early twenties–so there’s that.

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