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Happy Quid Pro-Giving

How about little quid pro quo.  You give me a minute and I’ll tell you a few things I’m thankful for.  Maybe a few you haven’t thought of lately.

I’m thankful for patience with Florida drivers who always seem to be running low on turn signal fluid.

I’m thankful I can recall when all Trigger meant…well, it was the name of Roy Rogers’ horse?  And a safe space was the barn.

I’m thankful I can remember when I used to go through life being offended by almost everything.  Then I got to second grade.  Yeah…that sticks and stones thing actually works.

I’m thankful that we’re still an aspirational country.  That most of us still aspire to the American Dream.  Don’t steal our dignity with free stuff and government guarantees.  We don’t demonize success or begrudge prosperity.  Keep your socialistic, equal outcomes agenda.  I’ll take my chances with equal opportunities.  

I’m thankful that other capitalists provide all the good food I get to eat today and everyday, rather than me having to grow it, raise it, or milk it.  And I can go to a great place like Publix and pick out what I want.  

Ok, maybe capitalism is not a perfect system.  But it’s better than all the others.  It’s a system of serving God’s other children and being rewarded with certificates of performance, money, for a job well done.  Nobody forcing us to buy anything.  We freely give our money in return for something we consider valuable to us.

I’m thankful we’re still free to give thanks to God.  That’s how Abraham Lincoln started the official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863 during the Civil War.  He called on Americans to pray to God to “heal the wounds of the nation”.  

My favorite thanksgiving verse comes from Philippians 4: 6-7.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Put that in your purview.  May God continue to bless you and yours this Thanksgiving season.