The Thanksgiving Challenge

One day out of every year our nation intentionally steps back from the hustle and bustle and observes a day of thanksgiving. We gather with our families and friends, set down to tables filled with copious amounts of food, watch football, and allow the kids to run rampant outside through the changing leaves.

This nation and her people are working diligently to recover from this recession, but think on this:

“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” ~H.U. Westermayer

We, as a nation, certainly have something to be thankful for. We’ve come a long way from that first Thanksgiving! But we also have to remember that one day of thankfulness simply isn’t enough. It takes a lifelong journey to adopt an attitude of gratitude- to be thankful for what we have and where we are at in our lives.


  Monday Morning Perspective

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ” ~Epictetus

“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.”  ~Robert Quillen


I am personally thankful for so many things. I am blessed to have the support of a wonderful man who has become more than a husband and father to our boys, but my best friend as well. I know I’ll miss having him home for our usual Thanksgiving meal and football frenzy, but I’m thankful that he’ll have his brothers and sisters in arms to celebrate with- even if it’s only a humble meal and quiet prayer on an operating base in Afghanistan. I’m thankful that he has such fine men and women around him to ensure that he comes safely home to us when the mission in complete.

I’m grateful for my three beautiful sons- they keep me on my toes and are the perfect reminder that life is meant to be enjoyed daily.

I’m thankful for my parents- not only my own, but the two sets I was blessed with in marrying Joe. Each grandparent brings a unique gift to our children’s lives- one that I wouldn’t have been able to provide.

I’m thankful for my friends who’ve stood with me through thick and thin- the fun and the frantic.

I’m blessed to be a part of a community and a church filled with genuinely kind and welcoming people who have made our family feel complete (even while the other half of my heart is half the world away).

And I’m thankful for my mentors who have believed in me and encouraged me, and never fail to set me straight. I know that every incredible opportunity in my life can be credited to God and to the wonderful people He’s placed to mold me and guide me- not that the path has been bump free, but the trip has been utterly worthwhile.

I challenge you to examine your life this week- count your blessings. Take time to thank those that make your life worth living.

Life is far too short to live as though the cup is always half empty. Live each day with the intent of “sucking the marrow out of life!”

Have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving!


Warmest Regards,

Crystal Dyer

© Crystal Dyer 2012. All rights reserved.

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