In today’s world, there are many pressures and cares to tend to and, in turn, many impatient folks. Believe me, working in the fast-food industry, I know. We live in a “want it now, gotta have it” age, so it’s super hard to be, first off, patient, and second, thankful.
America is such a blessed country; from our freedoms, to our heritage, to our technological advances, we’re “lucky”. The microwave, invented in 1946, is a widespread and popular gadget and it’s expected that everyone have one. Our cellular devices no longer make it impossible to reach someone now, and have the ability at your fingertips. So these gizmos make it hard for us to be patient, and so much more difficult to be thankful. Our Constitution and its surrounding Articles grant us freedom of speech, right to bear arms, and allow us the liberty to choose how we worship, where we worship, and what we worship. It’s great right?! But all these things are “my rights”, so what’s the big deal about thankfulness?
How many of us think of what we have on a daily basis? Weekly? Monthly? Yeah, it’s easy to “forget”, but what about those who have given and continue to give their lives for our “freedom”. You’ve heard it time and again, “Freedom isn’t free”; it’s not. End. Of. Discussion. So how often are we thankful? These men and women, whether fighting in war or staying home and watching a loved one join the Armed Forces and law enforcement, sacrifice time, talent, and treasures for us. Let that sink in.
Time, which no one EVER gets back. Talent, which can be directly related to dreams, yet because of callings, drafts, or pressures, the talent is left for service to our country. And treasures, family, friends, popularity. We say that our military and law enforcement is popular, but when’s the last time you saw one of our own military men or women in uniform and nodded, yet failed to thank them. Or, and I’m guilty, saw a police officer and just said “good day”, and let them walk away without a “thank you”. Yep, there’s that “thank” word again. So, next time you pray or see someone in uniform, think about what they do...for you and yours. And on this November 11th, let’s be thankful for our men and women braving bearing the colours of our nation.
God Bless America.