The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey

 

BE YE THANKFUL

       I find it highly interesting that Halloween and Christmas are soooo close together—that is, IF you believe the retailers.  After all, Christmas represents a full 25% of retail sales.  Halloween—for the entire month of October and back into September (in some places) has become the second most ‘party’ holiday on record—again, based on the money made from adults (anxious to cosplay, no doubt).  Yet, there continues to be a social rise against the holiday of Thanksgiving as many of the younger set are quite content to forget to be thankful, thinking that they are ‘owed’ houses, lands and career success.

      Let me dare to say that many in our land have deliberately forgotten ‘how’ to be thankful about many things.  Some have the mistaken belief that Thanksgiving is a holiday reserved for feasting and football.  Others believe that it is a ‘rest’ day before Black Friday, where people ought to shop till they drop.  Still others have the mindset that God is not needed, nor wanted as a part of the Thanksgiving holiday.

      Pity.

      Being thankful is the natural ‘joy’ of life.  Those who maintain an attitude of thankfulness don’t have mental health issues; don’t have to ‘self-medicate’ themselves throughout the night and day just to survive, and don’t have to have a TV commercial or social media post to remind them to give to others less fortunate than themselves.

      I truly feel sorry for some of the younger set today for not being ‘forced’ to write thank-you notes to their relatives for Christmas and birthday gifts received from relatives.  This was a part of ‘home training’ that is lacking today…the nurturing of an attitude of gratitude.  Further, in many an upright home, the learning of the ‘social graces’ began with learning how to say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’.  IF one learns the importance of being thankful—especially when things go wrong—it gives one a connection to our Lord Jesus Christ in a way in which no video special can duplicate, and no FB post can manifest.  Being thankful is something worth sharing.  It will keep you warm inside while the world may be cold on the outside.

      Thanksgiving is on the calendar for a reason and a season.  IF you can’t be thankful for what you got, why should you expect to get more to add to your sphere of life?  This holiday is more than just a ‘day’ for feasting and football.  It is up to the mature to discover why the holiday exists, and practice thankfulness daily.  Tomorrow is NOT promised to anyone (Hebrews 9:27 KJV).  Let us be thankful for what God has blessed us with today…and each day of the year.

      Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, KJV Bible Teacher, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of his columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996.  To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same: manhoodline@yahoo.com.  ©2022 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Ramey is married and resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a Christian, an Ordained Minister and KJV Bible Teacher. Since the 1980s, Ramey has won--or helped to win--multiple journalism awards and citations (including 3 CASPER awards). He holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986) presented by the late Mayor William H. Hudnut III, and an award as ‘Best New Internet Writer’ (2003) “Black Men In America.com” from Mr. Gary Johnson, Publisher.

His career also includes serving as an award-winning broadcast reporter, producer and TV/Radio talk show host in the Indianapolis market since 1981. In addition, Ramey has served as staff writer and section editor for The Indianapolis Recorder, and a freelancer for The Indiana Herald. Ramey has also served as a guest Op-Ed writer for The Indianapolis News, a staff writer for The Indianapolis Star, and a freelancer for BOTH The Associated Press and USA Today Newspaper (Gannett).

In business as an Anti-Gang Specialist & Consultant since 2007, Ramey is the Modern Street Gangs Specialist of “The Gang Line”. He has been interviewed in the U.S. and abroad on the dangers of Modern Street Gangs. Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gang Specialist, with Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010) and Gangs & Cults (2017) certifications, plus endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues (2010) and Transnational Gang Tactics (2010). He has held workshops, trainings and consultations with and for street-level/school-based personnel. He carries Specialist ratings in the area of Cult/Occult Crime, Transnational Human Trafficking and has served as a national/transnational consultant to various faith-based anti-gang ministries.

Ramey has also served as a veteran substitute licensed teacher (1986-2011), a college instructor, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based 2001-2007) with the Marion County Juvenile Court and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs for the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed and taught the course UM-190 “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies” in 2009 and 2010 at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana for those who desired to serve Jesus Christ in an Urban Ministry environment. Ramey also served as a post-production consultant for Chick Publications’ anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It had a 2013 national release, with an international Spanish-language version released in 2014.

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