101 Reasons To Be Thankful

  1. 750793_hands_talkingSalvation by grace alone, through faith (Ephesians 2:8)
  2. Heaven
  3. Opportunities to preach
  4. Playing music
  5. Writing music
  6. Creating music
  7. My pastor
  8. My church
  9. Having the best job in the world
  10. My students
  11. My students’ parents
  12. My hearing
  13. My intellect
  14. Air conditioning
  15. Heaters
  16. Running water
  17. Health
  18. Health insurance
  19. Life insurance
  20. Paychecks
  21. Freedom from discrimination
  22. Freedom from starvation
  23. Freedom from religious persecution
  24. Freedom from torture
  25. The Declaration of Independence
  26. The Constitution
  27. The United States of America
  28. Gospel For Asia
  29. Waking up this morning
  30. Stars
  31. Mountains
  32. Flowers
  33. Sunlight
  34. Moonlight
  35. Birds singing
  36. Silence
  37. Tacos tapatios
  38. Making salsa
  39. Breakfast tacos
  40. Oatmeal raisin cookies
  41. Pineapple empanadas
  42. Singing at the top of my lungs when nobody is looking or listening
  43. Google Calendar
  44. Google Reader
  45. My readers
  46. Comments on my blog
  47. Noisetrade.com
  48. YouTube.com
  49. Derek Webb
  50. Phil Wickham (see video below)
    The following were originally published as “Freedom and 50 Other Things That Make Me Happy
  51. Freedom from oppression
  52. Doing what I love and making money for it
  53. Freedom of faith
  54. The Bible
  55. Hymns
  56. My family
  57. My friends
  58. My dogs
  59. My home
  60. My blog
  61. Clarinet
  62. Learning
  63. The opportunity to learn
  64. Dave Ramsey
  65. My iPod
  66. My laptop
  67. Summer “break”
  68. Spring break
  69. Christmas break
  70. Trumpet
  71. My students
  72. Making music
  73. Mariachi
  74. Text messages
  75. My iPhone 3G
  76. WordPress
  77. The color blue
  78. Enchiladas
  79. Cheesecake
  80. Texas
  81. Drum & Bugle Corps
  82. Preaching
  83. Teaching
  84. Accomplishing things
  85. Creating things
  86. The feeling of being organized
  87. Water
  88. Horn
  89. Making progress
  90. Learning to play golf
  91. IHOP
  92. Winter
  93. Rain
  94. Clouds
  95. Happy memories
  96. Abstract Art
  97. Shostakovich
  98. The look on someone’s face when they are learning something
  99. The look on someone’s face when they have learned something
  100. Salsa (music)
  101. Salsa (tomato-based)

About Joel Wagner 522 Articles
Joel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.

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