By Mike RuffinAs our annual day of Thanksgiving approaches, I thought I’d share some of the things for which I’m thankful.1. I am thankful for people who are self-aware enough to know they’re not self-aware enough, open-minded enough to know they’re not open-minded enough, and well-read enough to know they’re not well-read enough.2. I am thankful for people who give me hope for the future by doing risky things like getting married and having children.3. I am thankful for how my Bible beats me about the head whenever I’m tempted to use it to beat someone else about the head.4. I am thankful for those churches that invite me to preach in the hope that they need to hear what I have to say and for those churches that don’t invite me out of fear that they won’t like what I have to say.5. I am thankful for people who live authentically without devaluing the experiences of others.6. I am thankful for people who are able to live in gray areas where tension and nuance dwell.7. I am thankful for those whose political positions begin with wanting what’s best for others rather than with what’s best for them. 8. I am thankful for people who are brave enough to think for themselves and wise enough to know that most of what they think has probably been thought before by someone else.9. I am thankful for those who see and treat people as sisters and brothers to be loved rather than as objects to be manipulated.10. I am thankful for people who find strength in weakness and weakness in strength.11. I am thankful for those who move toward the future with hope and faith rather than cling to the past with fear and despair.12. I am thankful for people who are humble enough to know they don’t have all that much to be humble about because they aren’t as great as they think they are anyway.13. I am thankful for people whose agreement with me encourages me and for those whose disagreement with me challenges me.14. I am thankful for people who live in ways that show they try to remember that loving God and loving people go hand-in-hand.15. I am thankful for those I’ve lost who help me appreciate those I have and for those I have who help me appreciate those I’ve lost.16. I am thankful that grace is greater than sin and that love is greater than hate.I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day, and I hope you’ll give some thought to what you’re thankful for.