Opryland and the Zoo!

So many things I would like to say, but I’m not going to. So many things I would like to whine about, but I’m not going to do that either. Just because you think it, doesn’t mean you have to say it.

People are being bullied, and this thing we can’t live without called social media, is the reason. Would you repeat some of the things you say on social media when face to face?

Here’s something to whine about: People die everyday. Just last night there were deadly tornadoes in Georgia and Mississippi and a shooting in a San Antonio mall; more than 1500 people died yesterday from cancer, and every day 125,000 abortions are performed. If you want something to whine about, grieve with these families that lost something or someone. Grieve for those women that were never born to have a voice. What happened to their rights? Why did no one care that they didn’t get to march?

When my son was little, maybe 4 years old, we had Thanksgiving dinner, just the four of us. We went around the table and gave everyone the chance to tell what they were thankful for. Noah’s response was, “Opryland, and the Zoo!” In his 4-year old mind, those were things to be grateful for. He’s matured a little, and the things of importance in his life have increased to bigger things, like two parents that love him unconditionally, and other family members that he can count on in any event.

Just because you don’t get the recognition you think you ought to, or because you might not get your “way” is not a reason to protest and cause dissension in a community, a state, or country. Be grateful. Grateful to be alive. Grateful to have that baby the doctor said you might never have. Grateful to have another day with your loved one that could be gone in the blink of an eye. Thankful to have a job that pays your bills. Thankful to have a roof over your head. Blessed to have someone that loves you unconditionally. Blessed with a family that accepts you. Blessed with the rain we received today. If you don’t have these things, try to find a support system that will afford you these things. Don’t depend on the “state” to reaffirm your self-worth, or to prove that you matter.

I borrowed something from the message at church today:

Rejoice in the Lord always. (I Thessalonians 5:17) Refuse to be anxious. (Matthew 6:34) Replace worry with prayer. (Matthew 6:34) Receive God’s peace, (Philippians 4:7) and Reject negative thoughts. (Philippians 4:8) Thanks, Brother Randy.

If you can only think of Opryland and the Zoo as things you’re thankful for, that’s a great start. Build from there.


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Wife of Tony. Mom of Anna and Noah. Nonommy of Walker. I’m a school secretary, but my real job is leading worship at Point of Grace Church.

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