Has everybody had a chance to breathe?

**This is NOT a political post**

It’s been a few days since the election and I hope both sides have had a chance to calm down.

While I write this the sun is coming up over the horizon, there’s a pile of scrambled eggs and assorted breakfast stuff inside me and a large coffee waiting to join the rest. I was able to worship Jesus this morning. I, who would be considered an enemy of the state in many nations, didn’t fear jackbooted thugs kicking in my door when I awoke. Life goes on for America.

Lest anyone forget this nation has the greatest personal freedom in history, and regardless of it’s diminution over the last decade or two, it’s still #1. We all have an obligation to keep it that way. Part of that is listening to the ridiculous ranting and raving of the other side. And that goes for all sides. No matter who you are, what political opinions you hold, you should at least let the other fool spout their drivel.

“But what I say isn’t drivel and your words are hurtful.” That may be so. But let the market place of ideas decide. George Washington and Ronald Reagan would both agree with that sentiment so it’s good enough for me. You might be a complete jerk, and I the mirror image of you. That doesn’t mean that I’m not a jerk as well, just that I’m 180 out from you.

So, take another deep breath and worship God for letting you live in the United States of America.

You might wonder why this post today? I was at a McDonald’s where all of the staff except 1 person spoke Spanish. I speak Spanglish so I knew what was going on in the conversations. One of the workers said, in English, “I’m in America and I’m free!” Their voice was joyful. It wasn’t sarcasm but a spontaneous expression of joy for having a job and not being opressed. The single non-Spanish speaking employee said, “I’m not. She’s crazy.” Really? You can still say that in the United States and not go to jail. I think you’re more free than you know, young fellow.

Let’s appreciate the fact that Christianity is not an illegal religion here. That we can vote and our happiness isn’t tied to the state’s whim and who we supported in the election.

What are you thankful for today? You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to appreciate how good you have it here. Even our poor are rich in comparison to most nations. Do you have a secret place in your heart that joy is waiting to burst from like the young woman at McDonald’s? Why not share that joy with someone today?

And, as always, thank you for dropping by to read this.

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