Happy day-before-Thanksgiving! Gearing up for a trip to Cracker Barrel for my annual Thanksgiving french toast. What are YOU doing for Thanksgiving?
In a country of Political Correctness, we can easily forget the true reason for Thanksgiving. Here are some commonly believed myths about the meaning of Thanksgiving:
1. “It’s about stuffing yourself!” A belief only an American consumer could concoct. I attended a teens’ church service around Thanksgiving once. The “message” was given by a college student at the church. He basically told everyone that Thanksgiving is all about eating to the point of near-sickness…then sleeping all afternoon. There was no mention of actually being…thankful. I was mad about that for days.
2. “It’s all about beating the Black Friday sale!” This is a new one. Some companies have decided to open their Black Friday sales the day before. So, after you get done spending time with your family and expressing thanks to God for what you have, go out and kill some people at Walmart over an Xbox. And to this, I say:
3. “It’s all about getting the week off of school!” I know there are public schoolers out there who believe this. As a homeschooled college student, I don’t get days off. I will be studying for exams on Thanksgiving. So, I don’t want to hear it.
At this point, you might be wondering, “Well, then what IS Thanksgiving about????”
Allow me to take you on a journey, a magic carpet ride, if you will, to the first Thanksgiving.
After the Pilgrims arrived in the New World, they established the Plymouth Colony. In order to make sure that everyone had enough to live on, and no one went hungry, they came up with a plan. Everyone did their part in farming and producing food. Anything that was produced, was collected by the leaders and distributed fairly among everyone. And all the Liberals said, “AMEN.” After a while, however, some of the lazier Pilgrims figured out that they would receive food whether they worked or not. So, they decided not to work. This angered the hard-working Pilgrims because, no matter how hard they worked, they received the same amount of food as the non-working Pilgrims. Eventually, everyone caught on, and stopped working. This nearly caused the colony to die out. And all the Conservatives said, “DUH.” The Pilgrims needed to come up with something else. William Bradford, the leader of the colony, instituted a Capitalistic free market. Each Pilgrim was assigned a plot of land, and were allowed to keep whatever crops they grew. This not only gave them a reason to work hard, but it provided an abundance of food. So much food, in fact, that the colony had a feast, where they thanked God for His favor. THAT’S what Thanksgiving is about. Thanking God for his blessings. We are taught this from the story of the first Thanksgiving. (By the way, we also learn that Capitalism actually IMPROVES a society, and Socialism is a flop. Imagine that.)
So, this Thanksgiving, take time to thank God for what you have. Family, friends, blessings, grace, peace, abundance, safety, freedom, etc. Also, no matter how many things in America are going wrong, we should always remember that we are STILL the greatest country in history. We were founded on Capitalism, and continue to thrive because of it. Socialism has never worked, and it never, ever, ever, ever will.
By all means, stuff your face on Thanksgiving. But, also remember to be thankful. You could always be worse off. In addition, those who ARE worse off, need to be blessed tomorrow. As Christians, this is OUR job, not the government’s. Make someone’s day tomorrow. My family is going to go serve Thanksgiving meals to poor people tomorrow morning. We did this last year, and it really helped open my eyes to how wonderful my life is. I’ll post later about my experience.
Have a wonderful day tomorrow everyone, and take the time to be thankful. Because, THAT is what Thanksgiving is about.