Every year I share President George Washington’s Thanksgiving address. It’s just something I do.
But this year I wanted to first take a moment to share with you something that is on my heart.
Where is your treasure?
I know that may seem like an odd question, but really – what are the things that you treasure?
Is it money? Fame? Your perfect house? Your expensive car? Is it the reputation you have with your coworkers, and if so – what is that reputation? Is it for being a ruthless business person or as someone with character and integrity?
Too often we place all of our value on things that are temporary. Things that will not last. We live in a world that is increasingly dangerous and uncertain. But what is certain is that who we are on the inside and where our heart is, is way more important than the treasures we have amassed. Things that can be taken away or destroyed in the blink of an eye.
Instead, let us lay our treasure in places that can not be corrupted or destroyed. Let us cherish the things that are lasting.
When you see your friends and loved ones on this Thanksgiving, remember how much they mean to you. Even those difficult and annoying ones. Yeah, you know the ones. Like that “Aunt Merryweather” who’s voice can scratch the nerves of the astronauts in the ISS. Or that uncle that always goes off on political rants.
Maybe they are part of your life to teach you patience and to learn to show grace. Remember, they aren’t perfect, and neither are you. Exercising patience and grace isn’t easy…no exercise is, but the benefits are tremendous.
Think of how much better things are when we choose to be positive, no matter what.
Choose to be happy.
Choose to be kind.
Choose to be grateful.
Or maybe even choose to pick ourselves up by our bootstraps and take one grueling step at a time.
In a dark world, we need to choose to be the light. Be a blessing to one another and lift each other up in love and support. Build that treasure up where it can never be spoiled. And be thankful for every blessing you enjoy.
Even that aunt with the voice.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34
By the President of the United States of America.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
Have a very joyous Thanksgiving Day – giving thanks to God for every blessing we have and prayers for continued freedom & liberty.