Chickens as Patriotism
Jerid posted this to my Facebook page this evening:
I should probably be blogging about being thankful for the many blessings we have. And we in America certainly have plenty for which to be thankful. But this seemed more appropriate. Part of being thankful means we are good stewards of our blessings. And being self-sufficient is an exercise in stewardship.
It's interesting to think that in 1918 - almost 100 years ago - our government encouraged people to contribute to the economy and to be more self sufficient. Now dependency on the government is growing at astonishing rates. Some would argue the government actually encourages dependency on it - an about face of its efforts just 100 years ago.
Can we change the trend? Or are we stuck in an inescapable vortex, in which we can only slow down the rate at which we lose our economic and personal freedoms?
Who knows. Regardless, we are called to be thankful and to be good stewards of what we have. The change we seek will not come from the government. It will come only when we take the lead, set the example, and encourage others to do the same.