Whatever is true . . . noble . . . right . . . pure . . . lovely . . . admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phil. 4:8)

DO YOU REMEMBER your first day of school? How about the day you graduated? For some odd reason, I remember the tie I wore under my cap and gown. I also recall praying at our public high school graduation some twenty-nine years ago.

I’ll be thinking a lot about life today. Even though printed devotionals are written well in advance of the day they are read, my son is scheduled to graduate from high school today. Regardless of what the weather will be or how hot the gym will get, it will be a fantastic day of celebration. One of my favorite thoughts today will take me back to a typical day I was driving my son to first grade. That morning, he asked if we could pray together so he could invite Jesus into his heart. I will always cherish that life-transforming decision.

There have been good and godly teachers who have educated my son. He has had some very Christlike coaches throughout the years. Today, I will choose to remember the blessings of a wonderful family, the ability to expand the minds God has given us, and all that is excellent or worth our heaven-bound praises.

It may simply be the first day of June for you. Nevertheless, what will you think about today in order to allow thanksgiving to bubble up from your heart to your thoughts and words?

Take a good look around and try to count all of God’s blessings.

Jim Dunn is the executive director of Church Multiplication and Discipleship for The Wesleyan Church. His family resides in the Indianapolis area.