Playing with purpose

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

Thanksgiving Day Three

I have felt for about two days that there was something I was overlooking. Today I fully realized that we were in the month of November. A Month of Thanksgiving!

I will start by saying how grateful I am for the opportunity to say thank you Lordy! I welcome these occasions to bend social celebration into places of honor to our Creator.

We should not fear secularization of celebrations. We should not be surprise that a fallen world has never wanted to admit its condition. Early in my life, the Saints taught me that I should blaze a trail not follow in the herd.

I grew up around people who were progressive in their thinking. Who conducted their lives with conviction. And, who did not worry who understood or approved of their convictions.

These Saints were not unwelcoming. They just did not take their clues from society. As a result, many things that occurred in the social setting, were already practice by the people who raised me.

Long before the Surgeon General had declared cigarettes dangerous. Long before television halted their advertisement of all smokes; it was considered a cardinal sin in our house to let a commercial play that involved the sell of cigarettes. It was a source of amusement to some that my siblings and I would race towards the tv to turn the volume down on certain commercials. But my parents were unapologetic. Not the least concerned with political correctness. Nip it in the bud was the order. Worry about the fairness in advertisement later.

As imperfect as the humans were who raised me, I am eternally grateful for the things they did get right. Those principles have carried me through the years.

Reclaim or reinvent every opportunity we celebrate as a nation and world. There is always a place for thanksgiving, celebration, and GOD’s love!

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