Don’t Blink

Don’t Blink

A popular song by Kenny Chesney is titled Don’t Blink.   He sings, “Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you wake up and your twenty-five … so don’t blink.”

I can relate to that. I look around and see my kids are the age that I think I should be. My grandchildren are the age that, in my mind, my children should be. What happened? Was I blinking all along and missed everyone growing up – including me? I was immersed in my children’s activities all of their lives. Looking back though it seems that they grew up in the blink of an eye.

During this Thanksgiving week, don’t blink for a while. Open your eyes … wide open. Don’t blink and go share with the people at work how thankful you are for your job. Don’t blink and tell every member of your family how much they mean to you. Don’t blink and admire the beauty of God’s creation. Don’t blink and give thanks that we are free to live in the greatest country in the world.

As Chesney says, “Take every breath God gives you for what it’s worth … now, don’t blink.”

Happy Thanksgiving week!

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Fear

 

One of the most frequently used expressions during the election season was FEAR.  Isn’t it ironic, maybe even fearful, that regardless of who would win the election in the greatest nation in the world that citizens would be full of fear?

 

Fear is a natural reaction to an unknown and I believe that the environment in which we choose to live creates a “known” that is not entirely true.

 

Most people choose a one-channel media source – conservatives tend to believe everything they hear on a conservative network and liberals tend to believe everything they hear on a liberal network.  Even more concerning is that many people’s primary source of news is from comedians and social media. Those opinions may get laughs and likes but are not legimate news outlets. People chose to listen to what they want to hear, socialize with people who believe what they believe, and worship with those who agree on the same social issues.  That is not necessarily bad, but it creates an insulated personal world where reality is not nearly as bad or as great as it is portrayed on whichever side you believe.

 

The antidote to fear is knowledge.  Check your sources or as Reagan said, “trust but verify.”   Some things are worthy of fear but I believe that most of our fears are based more on assumptions and off based opinions than factual information.

 

Together we can make America greater by dealing with reality, not the reality of fear mongers. Our nation is not going to move backwards to oppression. We are not going to lose our amendment rights. We are not going to arrest and haul off law abiding citizens. We are not going to punish our citizens who work hard.

 

America can become greater by creating more jobs. We can be greater at valuing lives of all colors – even the lives of unborn babies.  We can do better by living in a country of law and order. We can make our inner cities safer.  We can protect ourselves from radical terrorists.

 

Don’t you think we can do better?

 

Regardless who would have won this election, our nation would continue to move on.  We have issues to solve and wounds to heal. We will have plenty of other issues and wounds to heal after the next election and the next and the next.

 

In the meantime, there is no good reason for students to be skipping school, celebrities threating to move out of our country, or gangs vandalizing in protest. That does more harm than good.

 

I love the United States of America, even with our quirks.  Please join me in praying for our leaders and let’s all do our best to make America even greater.

 

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