The Inlaws’ Enclave, Huntsville—We’re basking in the post-Thanksgiving feast food-coma this afternoon. And it’s a fairly typical afternoon, likely being replicated across America in thousands of dens and living rooms, kitchens and gamerooms.
There’s a TV droning in the corner, families and friends are playing, visiting, kidding, and cajoling, and from the vantage point of this keyboard, just as many deserts are spread out as main meal entrees.
In the South, lots of pick-up touch football games are conducted in front yards, back yards, and vacant lots under a crystal blue sky and a dazzling sun. Nothing like November in Southeast Texas, when temps are in the 70’s.
Such scenes of contentment are not the norm in many parts of the world this November, 2006. As I write this (and you read it), there are many of our American brothers and sisters that are observing Thanksgiving in harm’s way in Iraq. Today at least 144 Iraqi’s were killed, and a couple hundred more were injured in three homicide bombings; the death toll is expected to rise.
Indeed, even in America, Thanksgiving this year is being observed by displaced families living in FEMA-provided trailer houses, or other places that are not there own. In some ways, they’re the lucky ones. Thousands more homeless Americans are spending today just like any other day on the street, hungry, cold, and alone.
There is much to be thankful in our household this Thanksgiving, as I approach the one year anniversary of successful cancer surgery. I am richly blessed with a job that pays be to do what I love, kids that are on their paths to success in their chosen field, and a patient and loving bride of 27 years who keeps things running smoothly. The terrifying possibilities I faced a year ago have helped me appreciate the finer nuances of life, and realize what life priorities truly are.
I appreciate each of you who listen to the show each morning, or down load the podcast later in the day. I am fortunate to work with a fantastic team of support personnel, gifted creative talents, and management that is willing to try new ideas and push the envelope, just because we can.
Thanksgiving covers a multitude of scenarios and situations. The important point to remember is to remember to be thankful, regardless of the circumstances.
The Apostle Paul wrote about this great human dilemma that has existed for centuries:
“…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
So from what ever corner of the world you’re reading this, and what ever your circumstance, it is my hope that you are able to savor contentment, and cultivate gratitude for the good things in your life…and even things in life that aren’t so good, but force us to rise above and excel beyond.