It was the contemporary Christian musician Andre Crouch who made famous the song, “My Tribute (To God be the glory)” in which he be begins with the words, “How can I give thanks”?
In the song the artist discusses all the things and all the ways he can give thanks to God for all God has done for him.
In this, the Thanksgiving weekend of 2014, there is truly allot for which we can give thanks; even in the midst of all that is being viewed as bad and negative.
In the midst of a world in turmoil over Iraq, ISIS, Iran, The Ukraine Crisis and more, we have much for which we must give thanks.
Facing our own domestic issues of Obamacare, illegal immigration and even the unfortunate events of Ferguson, MO, Americans must consider themselves to be the most blessed people on planet earth.
America’s riches far surpass anything she might need.
Even after a battle with the dreaded Ebola virus, America is rich with the most knowledgeable military and medical research in the world. Many of these people sacrificing their holiday with family and friends in an attempt to help those dying of this dreaded disease in West Africa.
America is a great country filled with great Americans who are made up of exceptional people.
As President Kennedy said in his great speech committing America to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960’s, “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”.
Give America a hard or difficult task to do and we will get the job done; for this too we must be thankful.
We are a diverse people with diverse talents and abilities which make us the people we are.
We should give thanks for all of these things.
We must realize that every person in America is a blessing and to be greatly valued while at the same time we must not allow the blessing to blind us to the possibility that each of us without careful thought and reasoning can become a hindrance to the potential and world power that America has become.
We must be thankful that America is still a world power and world player; as diminished as we are, we still carry a significance influence throughout the world.
For all of this, we as Americans must give thanks.
The Bible tells us to give thanks in all things.
For most of us however, we tend to only look at the good rather than the negative.
But everything that is negative is not necessarily bad.
Without the experience of the negative things in life we wouldn’t appreciate the good and the positive.
We must thank God for Samaritan’s Purse who is doing such a great work in Africa and other parts of the world representing all that is good about America as well as Doctors without Borders who continue to put their lives on the line in helping the less fortunate throughout our hurting world.
We must also be thankful for our Military, Border Patrol and Police Officers who put their very lives on the line daily to help keep America safe.
Americans should be thankful for the progress of the legalization of Medical Cannabis which will save countless lives of epileptic children and have a positive effect on the healing of so many hurting people.
Finally, Americans should give thanks for the opportunity of a second chance; another chance for real hope and change from the Republican Party soon to be in control.
Let us all give thanks unto the Lord for indeed He is good and His mercy endures forever.
Thank you Lord for blessing America real good.
© 2014 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III