“Americans are rushed, even in the bathroom,” Dr. Rhee explained.
Because of frequent urinary track infections, I was referred to a urologist. He gave me several practical suggestions, including this unique one: “When you think you have finished what you came in the bathroom to do, don’t move until you’ve said the Pledge of Allegiance first.”
I laughed. But I started making it my practice because UTIs are not fun and urologists are expensive. And the good news is that I’ve been UTI-free for two years. But the Pledge, as much as I appreciate it, got old after awhile, so I decided to mix it up. Now I have several options for my “Don’t be rushed in the bathroom” drill:
Give thanks by reciting His Word: Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old (Psalm 139:14-16).
Quote a thanksgiving poem:
Sing a grateful song: My latest favorite is the chorus of Ten Thousand Reasons by Matt Redman
Pray for a person with extreme physical challenges: This week I am praying for my new friend Lori. She is an amazing young mother with multiple medical issues. Lori, a vibrant Christian, receives nourishment via feeding tube.
Praise God for my healthy body: My mom had two colostomies and an illiostomy over the course of her lifetime, so I took note early on that gastro gratitude is good.
It’s often said that thanksgiving should not be confined to one day a year. Here’s to making sure it’s not confined to one location either.
My heartfelt prayer is that your thanksgiving will go to the toilet…and the pantry, and the closet, and the garage, and….