Cipriano Martinez | @ciprianom79
Moving into cooler weather and trees changing colors, fall seems to be receiving a warm welcome from many. And as the month of November comes round we begin to hear words such as thanks, gratitude, giving, holidays and such. Yesterday we celebrated the official day of Thanksgiving for the 152nd time since President Lincoln named it “a day to give thanks.” Our first president George Washington in 1789 had in fact called for an official celebratory “day of public thanksgiving and prayer,” but at that time, it did not become an annual event.
Okay that’s enough history for now.
I’m sure many of you have heard sermons preached this month on “being thankful”. But as you were gathered together yesterday with your many loved ones, were you truly indeed thankful or were your minds focused on all the ”stuff” you could get on sale in the upcoming hours.
Matt Coker | @BackRowOnline
Have you ever sat around the table on Thanksgiving, where everybody is going around giving a small list of things they are thankful for, and then it gets to your turn and you rattle off some generic stuff -- friends, family, pumpkin pie -- and then allow the next person to speak, all the while thinking to yourself that you really don't feel thankful? You don't feel happy? You aren't satisfied with the way life is? And as you listen to everyone else gush about the things that they are thankful for, do you start to feel like you're the only one who is unsatisfied?
Every day, a countless number of people on this earth make a decision based on the fact that they are unsatisfied. Some might seem productive.
"I'm going to start going to the gym because I'm sick of being fat."
"I'm going to go back to college and finish my degree, so I can get a better job."
"I'm going to make myself go to this singles event, because I need to meet someone! I'm tired of being alone."
I'm going to let you in on a secret:
NOBODY IS SATISFIED.
Not really. And it's only a secret because everyone wants to hide it.