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Fun in Apalachicola

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Who knew Santa would arrive in Apalachicola the day after Thanksgiving on a shrimp boat?

We thought going over to Apalachicola the day after Thanksgiving would be a nice way to spend a quiet afternoon.  Little did we know we’d be joined by thousands of others!  It turned out to be a great opportunity to browse some old book stores, look at some nautical items, wander down streets we don’t normally see, eat some great seafood, browse some art stores and eat some incredible desserts and drink some craft beer!

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Thankful

I’m not one that really gets into traditional traditions (if that makes any sense at all).

I’m one of those guys who thinks we should tell those we love, we love them – not just on Thanksgiving, but on every other day as well.  I’m that guy who thinks we should thank God for what we have, not just talk to Him about what we want.  I’m one of those who think we spend way too much on useless things for ourselves and for family and friends – that we should spend less and give more.  Give more to those people and organizations in need, people who don’t have as much as we do, people who could really benefit from our excess.

So today, I am grateful that millions of people will pause and consider what they have and what they really can be thankful for.

And tomorrow, I pray that some will reconsider how they spend money and just maybe consider giving to others!


2012 Election, Social Media, Football and Other Random Thoughts

Some random thoughts about life over the past few weeks:

I really am amazed at the lack of civility among adults. People who, under normal circumstances would demand respect, seem to not feel others should be afforded the same courtesy.  This has never been so evident to me than in the past few months regarding the 2012 presidential elections. People seem to think social media is an open opportunity to spew their bias, hate and arrogance towards anyone who will read it – maybe that is what its for, but I doubt it.

President Obama appears to have won the popular vote and enough electoral college votes to be reelected as President of the United States.  As such, I believe we have a responsibility to pray for him and support him.

I really wanted someone to question the magic, marriage underwear during the presidential debates!

College football continues to be one of the most sacred activities in the South.  Confession:  I have season ticket to FSU football and am a graduate of Auburn University, so I am just as guilty as those I write about.  Even with one of the worst seasons in university history, tens of thousands of people fill Jordan Hare Stadium each home game – win or lose, it’s tradition!

Some of the most beautiful, unfiltered views of the Apalachicola Bay can be found driving along Highway 98. And who knew you could get a great seafood lunch of fish, crab, clams, hush puppies, cole slaw and cheese grits for under $7.00?

While I didn’t think I wanted to ever get back in the business of workforce development, I’m thankful some friends of mine gave me an opportunity to return.  Helping others with employment and training opportunities has helped me remember how blessed I am.  Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board has some dedicated staff who truly care for people!

While I’m not much for tradition, I do like the tradition of family at holidays.  Looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas and the opportunity to spend time with our kids!  If you’ve read some of my ramblings before you know that we don’t spend much money on ourselves during the holidays, instead, we choose to spend it on those less fortunate than us.  It starts now with some food drives.  Skip a dinner out this week and buy some food to donate to a family in need or the very least your local food pantry!

Christmas Challenge:  Spend Less. Give More.  Check out Advent Conspiracy for ways to turn your holidays upside down!

Not a big fan of Daylight Savings Time right now.  By the time I get home from work, it’s too late to enjoy the sunsets along the coast at Mexico Beach.  Can’t wait until it’s a regular activity for us again!

 

 


Thanksgiving, Black Friday and My Prayer for You

I get amused reading tweets, blogs, Facebook status, etc. as people begin a week or so before Thanksgiving listing the current blessings in their lives – disguised at times as “what they are thankful for”.  Perhaps for the non Christ follower, the Thanksgiving holiday is in fact a time for them to reflect and acknowledge the material, relational and spiritual things in their lives.  For the Christ follower, today should be no different from any other day of the year – at least in terms of thankfulness!

What if we really lived as if we were thankful on days other than Thanksgiving?  What if we didn’t succumb to the whole black Friday thing?  What if we  really did care for those less fortunate than we are?  What if we really did those cute sayings we post on our social media pages?  What if…..

My prayer for the holiday seasons is this for you:  That you will let the spirit of Christ dwell in you so much that you resist the draw of Black Friday.  That you spend less and you give more.  That you give away your time to spend with someone who is lonely.  That you worship God fully, consistently and with passion!

What if …..

P.S.  This isn’t a request for you not to be thankful because we truely do have much.  Instead it is a request for all of us to live our lives with others in mind!