Our government has given us much to complain about lately. I have spent the last year pointing out the “evils of bureaucracy” that are wasting our resources, destroying our businesses, hurting our families, taking our freedom, and compromising our safety at sea. I want to use this Thanksgiving to tell the world about the many blessings I am thankful for.
I would like to start by thanking GOD for our freedom and all of the many blessing HE has bestowed upon us. I would also like to thank the brave men and women in America’s military that allow us to keep some of our GOD given freedom. Without their sacrifice, where would we be? What language would we speak? What religion would we be forced to except under penalty of torture, imprisonment, or death? What foreign country would rule us like slaves? What comforts we enjoy would we still have? What GOD given freedom would remain?
I am thankful to have been born in America at this time in history. Even the poor in this great Nation live like kings compared to almost any other place or time. For thousands of years even the kings did not have the simple comforts we enjoy today. They never had the pain killers we do for dentistry or surgery. They never had air conditioning or indoor plumbing. They did not even have toilet paper. The kings did not have access to the wide variety of food that we are blessed with. Our GOD given freedom that America has allowed us to enjoy for a brief moment in history has brought innovation like the world has never seen.
I am thankful for my wonderful family. My beautiful wife has stood by side through good times and bad. She gave me two extraordinary children that have made me rich beyond my wildest dreams. My daughter touched my heart the way that only Daddy’s little girl can. Some of the few words GOD said sum up my feelings for my son. “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” I have a special relationship with my Grandmothers. I treasure all of the wonderful memories we have made together and look forward to many more. My two brothers are great men that I respect and admire. My Dad is a kind and generous man that introduced GOD into my life. My Mom was young and could have aborted me. Thank you Mom, for letting me keep the life GOD gave me. She helped instill in me a love for America, respect for my elders, and compassion for my fellow man. I love all of my family and thank GOD for them.
These are some of the things that I sometimes take for granted. I am thankful for my job, for my home, and for my dog. I am thankful for the food on my plate. I am thankful for clean water to drink and shower with. I am thankful for all of the beauty that surrounds us in nature. I am thankful for the talents GOD gave me. I am thankful for the chance to see and photograph so many of HIS excellent creations. I am thankful for the chance to peacefully defend the freedom GOD gave us. I am thankful GOD sent his only SON to show us by example and HIS teachings how we should live. I am thankful that JESUS shed his blood and died on the cross to forgive my sins and give my soul everlasting life.
It is important to take the time every once in a while to appreciate the many blessing we receive each and every day. We risk losing those blessings if we do not even realize we have them. We are blessed with freedom few have ever known in human history. We should not take it for granted. The human spirit desires freedom. The spirit of some people also desires to rule their fellow man and restrict our GOD given freedom. We must teach our children the importance of freedom and just how fragile it is. We need to remember “the struggle, persecution, hardship, sacrifice, and death by which freedom of the individual was won.” If we just sit by, full of apathy, and do nothing, the next generation will not know the freedom we have known.
This Thanksgiving, spend time with your families like you may never have another chance to. What would you give to have one more holiday with a loved one that is waiting for you in Heaven? On your death bed, the things you accumulated over your life will mean little and you will take none of it with you. The memories you made with your loved ones will be what you treasure most and will follow you into the next life. Go with GOD, love your family, hug your kids, enjoy America, and peacefully defend our freedom every day.
Thank you GOD for all of this and so much more. I am truly blessed.