What a crazy world we live in. If you aren’t careful you can get swept away in all the violence, discord, political rhetoric, horror, and grief that is the world today. With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us you may find it hard to be truly thankful for anything. But there are a few things you should consider being thankful for this year.
(1) You or your family doesn’t have EBOLA – Thats a pretty big one considering all the hype the news media has thrown in our face for days and weeks on end. I was almost afraid to leave my house or even send my grandkids to school because someone may have traveled to Africa and brought EBOLA back to Dade City FL. But thankfully, all are safe from the horrible threat. BE THANKFUL!
(2) You have a roof over your head and food to eat. – Even though our economy has been flourishing, inflation has pushed many of us to the brink personal financial crisis. If you aren’t struggling, BE THANKFUL. For those of us who are, we are still better off than over 75% of the worlds population. BE THANKFUL!
(3) Your daughter is not a Kardashian – Need I say more? BE THANKFUL!
(4) You don’t live in Ferguson MO. – Considering all the media attention again given to this one single incident I am glad that my family does not live anywhere near Ferguson. Of course, what happened there could happen in any small town/suburb in the US. (aka – Trevon Martin) So remember, it COULD have been in your neighborhood. BE THANKFUL!
(5) You are free to worship God or any other entity you so choose in our great country. Or, you can choose to worship all the things of this earth: Money, music, celebrities, sports, yourself,etc.- The God I worship, the one TRUE God, gave us “FREE WILL” at birth. You can choose to believe and trust in God, or not. – BE THANKFUL!
I myself am thankful for my family, the blessings God has given me of a decent home and a place for my family to live. Mainly I am thankful that I have the freedom to worship my God and freely express myself just as I am in this post.
Please take moment to post what you are thankful for in the comment box. If all you have are negative comments they will not be posted. (I’m thankful I have the right to do that). BE THANKFUL!
Unless you are a complete recluse you have no doubt come to the full realization that the madness that is modern-day Christmas is in full swing. From people pushing around buggies at Wal-Mart that look like they should be drawn by draught horse or sled dogs, to the long lines at the check out counters, to the “Door Buster” not-so-special specials, and the hard to find items that you just have to get. If you weren’t a little buggy when you started this thing, you will be by the time you realize that you spent $1000 or more on items that within a short time will be only a vague memory in the minds of those who receive them. And before you know it, it’s back again!
This madness that is Christmas in America has been driven over the years by greed. The stores start putting out the Santa’s, Christmas lights, and wrapping paper before we even get the pumpkin off the porch from Halloween. All in an effort to start fueling that need to spend that is encouraged by the holiday season and in all forms of media. Top that off with some well placed cute little TV ads,(I’m thinking the little girl cheer commercials for a company I will not mention), and the gig is up!
The sad part of all this is that the true meaning of Christmas is lost and it seems few make any effort to revive it. Many people celebrate this holiday, but never celebrate the “reason”. To those, Jesus is as mythical as Santa himself. It’s just a story that was told over the years like “The Night Before Christmas”. But even Santa gets more props than Jesus. Among the majority of children in this country I would say that Santa is more recognizable than Jesus.
So this Christmas my hope is that you take a few moments to quiet your busy houses, bring together those you care about, and share the “real” Christmas story, the birth of Jesus Christ.
1IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.
2He was present originally with God.
3All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.
How powerful is it to think that Jesus would manifest himself in the flesh to endure the hardships we endure on this earth every day, and suffer an awful and torturous death, so that we may find his grace and spend our eternities with him? He could have stayed there with the Father and left us to our own sufferings.
There is a 400 year gap in the bible from the Old Testament to the New Testament. For 400 years God was silent. There were many entries in the Old Testament where God spoke or manifested himself. But for 400 years he was silent. When he finally spoke it was not with a thunderous sound or through a burning bush. After 400 years of silence God spoke through the cry of a small infant child. The first sound heard after 400 years of silence was the faint cry of a newborn baby. Jesus.
This Christmas, remember.
In life we seem to dwell on the big things in our lives. We like our big houses, big TV’s, big paychecks, big burgers, big trucks, big boats, and big group of friends. We don’t like our big mortgages, big electric bills, big tax bills, big fuel bills, big insurance bills, or the baggage that comes along with having a big bunch of friends.
Our nation is one of Extremes. We freak out over 30 people getting a new strain of flu and call it a “Pandemic”. When the banking industry realized they had screwed up the mortgage situation in this country the news media was all “Doom and Gloom”. What they didn’t tell you was 35 counties accounted for over 50% of the foreclosures in the country and only 5 states made up over 95% of all the foreclosures. The guys in Idaho thought their economy was a bad as the people in California. Big-Extreme!
We as a country need to focus on the things we do right. Let’s stop letting the media dictate our fears and worries. Let’s focus on what’s right about America, not about what’s wrong with America. That would be a small victory.