Americans as a whole seem to be ungrateful and unhappy people. We lose sight of the very things that make a great country and wallow in despair at the state of our country. Isn’t it about time that we buckle down and remember the things in our lives, big and small, that impacted our lives; made us into the individuals that we are.
Here I will list three reasons why Americans forget to be thankful.
Reason #1 Black Friday
It’s amazing, how one day Americans celebrate because they are so thankful for what they have, and then the next day trample over each other to buy “the best deals”. Really? It sounds like a made up story, but it’s true! People can literally get hurt by going out to buy on Black Friday among the deal-crazy mobs.
Instead of allowing Thanksgiving Day to impact us, we become “greedy” by the very next day! I don’t think that Thanksgiving Day is going to do too much to America as a whole, until we cut out the “Pig Day” (Black Friday).
Reason #2 We forget God
Since God is the maker of the entire universe and all livings things, I believe that the number one cause for ungratefulness actually comes from a lack of acknowledging the One who created us. Is it not from this that all gratitude must flow? A realization that this world, and each one of us, were so wonderfully made that we are thankful to God for all He has done. I believe it is time for America to acknowledge the Maker of creation.
Reason #3 We Don’t Even Try
Okay, so maybe this a “duh” one. But we as Americans are so focused on ourselves, our careers, social lives, houses, cars, etc. – anything that we place as an idol in our lives. We are so focused on “living a cool life”, that we forget to stop for a minute, look around us, and realize the good little things that our lives are so made of. We instead complain that we don’t have the coolest fashion item, aren’t popular, or simply some coveted item that isn’t in our stash of possessions.
Do we really have to be this way? Greedy, ungrateful, and covetous people? The answer is, absolutely NOT!! I think a good way to remedy this, is to 1) look at the first two reasons above, and 2) Start to say “thanks”. Thank God for what he has done. Also, thank other people for the little (or big) things that they do for you, even if its something that they normally do. It will probably brighten their day a little, as well as yours.
So there you go! Three big fat reasons why we as a nation aren’t very grateful people. Terrible? Yes. Unfix-able? NO. So let’s get started! You might be saying,”but I’m not famous. How can I ever be an influence?”. Being famous yourself doesn’t particularly have a bearing on how many people you will influence. Even doing something as simple as a good quote that somehow travels to the ears/eyes of many people because of the internet. Or, maybe you shine a light on someone else’s life, who shine’s on someone else’s life, who… and it ends up touching many people whether you know it or not.
And… whether or not you ever make an impact, you will have made a change in your life, and that is beautiful.
So today (Black Friday), remember that while buying things is not necessarily wrong, buying things to somehow fill an empty, discontented space in your life, will never satisfy you. Because possessions don’t have the power to give you lasting joy. Enjoy the Black Friday deals, but don’t let it make you lose sight of the meaning of yesterday, Thanksgiving Day!