Happy Thanksgiving from Canada!

Originally posted 2015-10-11 07:00:17.

Before I start on my topic for this weeks post, I’d like to clarify something I said last week to eliminate any possible confusion. When I said I am into “existential crap,” it was due to another writer’s introduction to his post. I found it slightly amusing and more than a little ironic that he would introduce himself that way considering what I was planning to write about. I am concerned with the how’s, what’s and why’s of life, but I believe in absolutes. Which pretty much rules me out as an existentialist or at least as how I understand existentialism. Hopefully that takes my work boot out of my mouth so I can carry on. On a side note, it’s time for some new work boots, these things taste terrible!

Anyhow, back to the subject at hand. I’d like to take this time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from Canada and give a brief run down on some of the things I’m thankful for on this holiday; this list will be by no means exhaustive.

I’m thankful that I live in a country that is about to have an election and that I’m able to vote in it. There are people all over the world that are and have been fighting for the right to participate in the selection of their governments. I would like to encourage everyone who reads these posts to learn about the issues being discussed, learn what the candidates stand for, find a candidate that best matches the beliefs that you hold and most importantly; go out and vote. I won’t even advocate on behalf of a particular political view, all I’ll ask you to do is please VOTE!

I am thankful that Elyntia and I are able to home school our children. Well, Elyntia does most of the schooling. Home schooling was something that she felt passionate about and once she was able to show me that it was logical for our children to stay home, I was able to get on board with it. It has necessitated some sacrifices on our part, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s something to be said about a four year old who can describe the water cycle to you. I won’t tell you she won’t spell her name yet to save her life.

Speaking of children, I have four beautiful daughters for whom I am eternally grateful. Some of you may have seen the meme on the internet that is a warning to fathers, it goes something like this. Dads think about your daughters being with a man just like you. If you didn’t smile you need to make some changes. I think that is one of the biggest challenges as a father we can face. To show the type of character that our daughters would adore and our sons if we have them, would like to emulate. I certainly hope that I have at least a few qualities my daughters will learn to appreciate and I know I have more than a few that are in desperate need of some work.

Words can barely describe how thankful I am for my lovely wife! The comfort I take in knowing that she is here, watching over my children and schooling them allows me to venture out and do my best to provide for them all. As some of you may have guessed from my first post, we’re Christians. You may have heard about all the “wives are supposed to be submissive to husbands” stuff. What you may not have heard is that wives are supposed to know without any doubt at all that us husbands are supposed to be worthy of that submission. She’s quite fond of saying that men have it way worse than women in that section of the Bible. I’m called to be someone my wife knows that will never endanger the welfare of her or our children. And by welfare, I’m not just talking about financially, although that does play a big role in it as well. I’m also supposed to guard their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being also. She is supposed to know that when push comes to shove, I’d lay my life down for her and our children. Sacrifice my goals, ambitions and wants if it would not provide a benefit for them. That’s a pretty tall order and she makes me want to show her that the trust she places in me should be placed there. I know I’m not capable of meeting all those ideals, fortunately I have help.

Which brings me to the last, but certainly not least thing I am grateful for this weekend. The strength that I have found in the person of Jesus Christ. In 2 Corinthians chapters eight through ten the Apostle Paul discusses this. He speaks of a thorn in the flesh that was given to him from a messenger of Satan to torment him so he would not think too highly of himself. “8 Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. 9 But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more of my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. 10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” , that was taken from the HCS Bible. So you may be asking “Where is he going with this?” and I’m glad you asked! Now, I may not have any visible thorns lodged in my body that are causing me great amounts of pain; but I will freely admit that there is more than one invisible thorn that cause me no small amount of discomfort.

Most folks are will probably identify with a few of these things. I have days, weeks and yes, even months where I feel that I may not be smart enough, fast enough, strong enough or wise enough. When Elyntia and Sarindre asked me to write, I thought “I don’t have the training for this! I don’t have the authority to speak on these matters!” Or perhaps it’s when I sometimes feel that I don’t do an adequate job of providing for my family and that I’m a total and complete failure at life. Those are just a few of the “thorns” that I carry around with me. Fortunately, I can draw on the strength of Jesus Christ to help me through these things, which isn’t to say that I don’t sometimes fall flat on my face. But without Him, I’m not sure I’d even be able to try or be able to find a reason to even want to try. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

vaelerin