By Doris Schroeder
A gentleman in our church years ago, gave a children’s story to the younger people almost every Sunday in our worship service. Most of the time he would ask the children “What is today?” They would answer in one accord… “THANKSGIVING !” This would happen every month of the year.
This is a simple truth that many of the adults don’t get as readily as do the children. We live in a land and a period of time that should observe Thanks giving every day!
Why? Let’s go over the reasons:
We live in the United States of America and have much to enjoy. “But the government doesn’t do right all the time!” you moan. “The taxes are too high; the benefits are too low. The government doesn’t take care of us” or “There’s too much government! There’s too much politicking or not enough!” On and on the complaints string out over the airwaves of our land.
Would you really rather live somewhere else? How would you like to live in a country where you are told exactly what to do, what to think, and you have no freedom to ponder anything different? Any expressions of your own mind would be subject to extreme rejection and even death. Do you really want to live somewhere else?
As to politics. Just think, if the country was run by a dictator and not the two party system, you would have no other choice. The only ones using their brain would be the ones that had only their own selfish ambitions with which to contend. That would certainly take care of the politics! The fact that we still have politics, even such as it is, helps us remember we can still do something about it. We can voice our beliefs even though its getting tougher. If we have accepted Christ, we can call on Him for help and He is the only one who is all-powerful!
As to the poor! Certainly we have room for improvement but at least, there is help and there is work available for those who really need it. You know a better way to make it work? Get involved in a positive way and do something about it.
Isn’t it strange that the ones who complain the most are usually the ones who have no suggestions. They’re the ones who spend so much time being argumentative, they have no time to do something constructive.
What can we do to keep our country alive and well? There are a multitude of ways to get something done.
We can be willing to “go the extra mile” when we are called on. Our country needs those who encourage others to do right, according to the laws of the land. There is nothing wrong with “volunteering” if it is something for which you have a passion. If you have no passions, I say shame on you!
We can help those in need when there is a disaster or natural calamity. We can keep our word and make our actions come from our beliefs. We can depend on our Creator, to work out our problems, direct our way and to show to the world how a country who relies on God can grow. Get together with other Christians of faith and find a church who teaches the true Bible.
On Thanksgiving Day, we can recall happy times of family togetherness. Remember all the luscious food we enjoy and thank God for it! Let each family member know you love them. We need to do it now, while we are together. Care enough about them to tell them about our true creator and how they can accept Him into their lives and have the most powerful helper in the world!
There is much to be thankful for this week and every day of the year! Have a happy Thanksgiving Day as you count your blessings, for our God, our family and our country!
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