Change is hard, and the future isn't always clear.
In the aftermath of the election results it is easy to get overwhelmed by the conflict and stressed by the uncertainty. Regardless of which side you are on, complaining is often our default response to this conflict.
Some of us complain about the man who was elected into office. Some of us complain about the protesters who oppose him. And nearly all of us complain about the system itself in one way or another.
Many of our complaints are valid, and there is a time and a place for them. However, in light of the upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving, it is important for us to keep our minds and our lives in balance. All of us must remember to be thankful.
Thankful for our freedom
Whether or not we are worried that some of our freedoms might be taken away from us someday, we must be thankful for the freedom we enjoy right now.
The fact that we have the freedom to elect representatives and complain about our government is something we should never take for granted. Many people across the world do not enjoy these rights, and many people have died defending these rights.
Thankful for our provisions
If you are reading this today on a computer or mobile device, you already have substantially more than millions of people around the globe. Many people can't read, can't afford a computer, and don't have access to clean water—let alone access to the Internet.
In our privileged and blessed culture we need to take the time to stop and be thankful for the simple provisions of everyday life: food, water, shelter, clothing, and the like.
Thankful for our loved ones
How often do you tell your friends and family how thankful you are for them? If you're like me, you don't tell them nearly enough.
Sadly, as a whole we seem to take our loved ones for granted far too often. May we demonstrate our appreciate for people in words and in actions!
This is a small yet potent list of things for which we should be deeply grateful. May we use this Thanksgiving not simply as an excuse to gorge ourselves on turkey and pie. Rather, may we stop and truly consider all the blessings that we have.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!