Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Giving Thanks

In this country, we have a great deal to be thankful for. We can be thankful our forefathers had the wisdom to ratify a Constitution with such potential. All we have to do is live up to it. We can be thankful our forefathers had the wisdom to next establish a national day of thanks and prayer. You see, they thought it important to give glory to God - each in his or her own way.

In our daily drive for personal success, we forget our greatest successes of all. We live in a country where the governing power is turned over peacefully - every time. We are able to express our disagreements without fear of government retribution. We are able to raise our families in relative peace and harmony.

It should be enough to give thanks to God for family, friends, and the fellowship that brings them together. It should be, but to so many Americans it is not. To some, our inalienable rights are not enough. Many feel a sense of entitlement just for being American. They feel they have a right to happiness, rather than the right to pursue happiness. Entitlement comes at a high price - usually by infringing upon the rights of others. Entitlement has become a common dream to so many, others flock to America seeking it.

Give thanks for what America offers and can be found in no other country in the world. Give thanks there are men and women willing to forego their right to pursue happines to ensure yours. Give thanks for your family and your friends. Give thanks that your biggest worry today is 'Will the turkey be big enough'.

Thank You, Lord.