2018 has been a mixed bag for our family. We’ve had both high and low points throughout the year. I’m sure many would say the same thing. A few people I know have said they will be glad when this year is over. They’ve mostly had low points. I understand how they feel because I’ve been there.

As we approach Thanksgiving I encourage you consider the things for which you are thankful. As often said in recent years, Thanksgiving has become the forgotten holiday. We go from Halloween to Christmas. Some of my neighbors have already put up their outdoor Christmas displays, and I’ve heard several say they’ve finished their Christmas shopping already.

I’m not sure why we have made Thanksgiving the forgotten holiday. Maybe it’s because many are not as grateful as they might be. When I see and hear some of the things that people say it’s obvious they are not grateful for living in a country that affords them so much freedom. Many young people seem especially selfish and entitled, and when things do not go their way they respond either by rioting or running to their “safe place.” With such an attitude it’s hard to be thankful for what we do have.

Sometime during Thanksgiving day sit down and begin to make a list of the things for which you are thankful. You can make a second list if you want of things for which you are not thankful, but I bet you’ll find the thankful list will be longer. Take at least a little time between football games and dinner to talk to your family about those things that make you thankful. If you are a Christian like me be sure to thank Him for the blessings you’ve experienced this past year. If you don’t believe in God, thank Him anyway. It won’t hurt!

I want to thank you for taking the time to read my blog posts and for following me. May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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