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Parkland, Parenting & People Skills

Parkland, Parenting & People Skills

“Ignore your children, and they will go away.” That phrase, which came to me a number of months ago, after contemplating all that’s happening in our country, won’t let me go. I hope, in a positive way, it won’t let go of you, either. This week’s tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida is a reminder — for all of us — that life is fragile. But it is far more. It’s a reminder that we need to be a lot more intentional about turning things around than we have been up to this point. 

To be a parent is to care about the emotional development of your child — and, it means helping your child develop good interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills. If you aren’t doing that, you are missing a key aspect of parenting.

Is your child learning how to interact with other people in healthy ways? What do they do with their anger? Teenage depression is at an all-time high. When we consider that many instances of depression are due to anger turned inward, much of the teenage depression problem may actually be a problem with unresolved anger. 

To parent is to be engaged with your child. If you don’t know what to do, get books that will help you. Talk to others who have parented successfully. You don’t have to have a PhD to parent. You, however, need to make time. Are you eating meals together? Have smart devices dumbed down your family interaction?

Take your family back by becoming a better parent. When you meet the emotional needs of your child, you help him or her grow up to become a responsible, healthy citizen. And, isn’t that what America needs, big time, right now?

ARE YOU CARING FOR THE EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF YOUR CHILD? HOW ARE YOU DOING, AS A PARENT, AND WHAT POSITIVE IMPROVEMENTS CAN YOU MAKE, TODAY?

Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I publish my blogs here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy, chime in.

I’m the author of “A Call for Courage: Living With Power, Truth and Love In An Age of Intolerance and Fear” (Thomas Nelson Publishers). While the official release date is March 13, 2018, you can pre-order it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever books are sold.

If you’d like to request an interview, or explore the potential of having me speak to your group, click here.

 

Set Apart Sex: How To Get Busy With God’s Blessing – Michael Anthony Podcast

Set Apart Sex: How To Get Busy With God’s Blessing – Michael Anthony Podcast

It’s FRIDAY, everyone! Ready for the weekend? What do you have planned? This video may provide an idea or two. 🙂
 
Here’s a short video excerpt from my message, “Set Apart Sex: How To Get Busy With God’s Blessing.” You may have heard about sexual immorality, but here’s a message about sexual morality.

God created sexuality and sex. Understanding what he says about these things, and modeling your conduct accordingly, is one of the healthiest things you can do for your own life and the life of your partner or potential partner. It’s time to get busy God’s way. Here’s how people who are filled with and led by the Holy Spirit can live lives of purity — with passion!

GET THE PODCAST OF THE WHOLE MESSAGE: Click here to catch the podcast of the whole message, and to subscribe.

 

WOMEN, LOVE & RESPECT SERIES: How To Raise A Son Who Knows How To Love A Woman, Part 3 of 3

WOMEN, LOVE & RESPECT SERIES: How To Raise A Son Who Knows How To Love A Woman, Part 3 of 3

We have two pre-teen sons, and we care about the kind of men they’ll become. We care about how they learn to treat women — especially in today’s climate where so many men are behaving so badly. The barrage of famous men whose embarrassing behavior toward woman has come under appropriate scrutiny reflects this truth that Hollywood has long wanted us to deny: our society is hemorrhaging from being over-sexualized. If you’re raising sons, you should be concerned.

To be fair, many women are behaving badly, too. (Ladies, if you don’t want men to treat you like a sex object, then don’t try to present yourself as one). But this particular post isn’t about what women need to do. It’s about what men need to do. And, it’s about what parents and guardians who are raising boys can do to help ensure their boys grow up to be gentlemen who really know how to love and respect women. It’s number three in this series, and I hope it helps you. I’d love to read your comments, too.

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Here are a few suggestions on what you can do to help ensure your son learns how to love and respect women . . .

YOU ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TEACHER IN YOUR SON'S LIFE

NO ONE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU: YOU ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TEACHER IN YOUR SON’S LIFE

1. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE YOUR EXAMPLE: REMEMBER THAT YOUR SON IS ALWAYS WATCHING, LISTENING AND LEARNING FROM THEIR MOST SIGNIFICANT TEACHER — YOU. You, not the public school system, nor a formal academic environment, are the most significant teacher in the life of your child. This is especially true when it comes to what your child learns about sex, sexuality, and how to treat other people.

The ways in which you interact with your spouse are teaching your son, for better or worse, how to treat another human being. If you’re married (or living together), you’re teaching your child how two people in the most intimate of relationships act — whether healthy or unhealthy. Is what they are learning from you worthy of replicating?

Are you a good example? How do you talk to your mate? How good of a listener are you? Are you patient or impatient, selfish or selfless? Does your relationship exemplify sacrificial commitment or something less than God’s best and what every human being deserves?

MAKE TIME TO LISTEN TO YOUR SON EVERY SINGLE DAY

MAKE TIME TO LISTEN TO YOUR SON EVERY SINGLE DAY. LISTENING CREATES A STRONG BOND, TRUST AND LOVE.

2. SPEND TIME EVERY SINGLE DAY ASKING YOUR CHILD QUESTIONS AND LISTENING. If you do this, your child will learn that you are a great confidant, and that they can trust you to share anything they are facing. You need to be your child’s go-to person for truth, how to think, and how to live. Are they coming to you, and are you giving them good reason?

The average person just one hundred years ago had only one or two major bits of information to process in a single day. Now, the average child or teenager has many to process every single hour.

Your son needs you to help him process things, think things through, and how to learn how to think for themselves — especially when it comes to how to view and interact with women. Do you think your son hasn’t heard about the accusations against Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore, Dustin Hoffman or any number of the other famous men whose treatment of women was reprehensible?

 

TO PARENT IS TO BE A COACH: Your son needs to see you as his go-to person for help throughout life.

TO PARENT IS TO BE A COACH: Your son needs to see you as his go-to person for help throughout life.

3. REMEMBER, A PARENT IS A COACH: YOU SHOULD BE THE SOURCE OF THEIR INFORMATION, NOT THE MEDIA OR THEIR FRIENDS. Start viewing your relationship with your son as a coaching relationship, and that will give you great insight into your role in helping them interact with women.

I learned the “facts of life” from my friend, Harold, not my parents. How did that happen? Because my parents were ill-equipped and unwilling to take the initiative and teach me. If only I had learned from them, I could have learned healthy views on sex and relationships.

These days, you should start talking about sex and sexuality at a much earlier age than you think, bringing up the topic so that your son knows you’re the expert. And if you’re not the expert, it’s time you become one by reading great materials on parenting, listening and coaching.

4. BE SMART WITH MEDIA AND DEVICES: IF YOUR CHILD HAS ACCESS TO A TABLET, COMPUTER, SMARTPHONE OR TELEVISION WITHOUT YOUR DIRECT SUPERVISION, THEY ARE GOING TO LEARN THEIR VIEWS OF LIFE AND RELATIONSHIPS FROM WHAT THEY SEE AND HEAR, AND IT WILL BE DEVESTATING. Yup, I said “will be” not “could be. I wrote more about this in another blog post in great detail (and I cover it extensively in my book).

BE SMART AND SUPERVISE YOUR SON'S USE OF "SMART" TECHNOLOGY."

BE SMART: SUPERVISE YOUR SON’S USE OF “SMART” TECHNOLOGY.

If a child or teenager is spending unsupervised time watching movies, playing games,surfingthe web or even texting without your close and constant supervision, it’s only a matter of time (and brief, at that) before they see and hear things they’ll never be able to “unsee.” Be proactive and be a parent.

 

Parents are supposed to protect and supervise their children. Do it or you’ll pay a heavy, possible irrepairable price. All it takes is one photo, one video, or one text to send your son down the wrong path.

Remember, your son needs to learn how to love and respect women. His main way of learning that is from YOU.

ARE YOU HELPING YOUR SON GROW UP TO BECOME A LOVING, RESPONSIBLE, HONORABLE MAN BY SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE? IF YOUR SON GROWS UP TO BE LIKE YOU, WOULD THAT BE A GOOD THING?

 

Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I publish my blogs here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy, chime in.

I’m the author of “A Call for Courage: Living With Power, Truth and Love In An Age of Intolerance and Fear” (Thomas Nelson Publishers). While the official release date is March 13, 2018, you can pre-order it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever books are sold.  If you want to learn more about me, just click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or click here to explore the potential of having me speak to your group.

If you like solid Bible teaching, and want to enjoy God fully, you’ll appreciate Godfactor.com, where you can download my Bible teaching and more. If you’re near York, Pa, come visit us on a Sunday at GraceYork.com — and be sure to introduce yourself.

WOMEN, LOVE & RESPECT SERIES: How To Raise A Son Who Knows How To Love A Woman, Part 2 of 3

WOMEN, LOVE & RESPECT SERIES: How To Raise A Son Who Knows How To Love A Woman, Part 2 of 3

Every word and deed is germinated in the heart and mind. If you hope to raise a young boy to become a responsible man who knows how to really love a woman, parents and guardians need to learn how to help their sons think good thoughts and cultivate good hearts. You need to start seeing your son as more than a mere boy. You need to start seeing him as a “loving man in training.” Doing this will transform your parenting.

Remember, if you ignore your son, he will go away. And when he returns, you might not like what you find. Your parenting is the single most important factor in determining what kind of man your son will become.

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With all the moral malice that’s making waves these days, with men behaving badly (think Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein), It’s a great time for parents and guardians to think deeply about the kinds of sons they are raising — and to make fundamental adjustments

THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Just because the heart is naturally evil doesn't mean we should give up on it.

THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Just because the heart is naturally evil doesn’t mean we should give up on it. In fact, it means we should double down on it.

while there is still time. Our sons, after all, will grow up to be men. The real issue is what kind of man you’ll raise. Will he know how to love, honor and respect women? Are you training him, now, to be a great husband who really knows how to love a woman and be faithful to her?

For my more critical readers, let me say that yes, I know the Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9, NIV). But this verse is not a cry of “uncle” when it comes to taking thoughts and motives captive, as if the task were futile. It is, rather, an acknowledgement that the heart actually needs cultivation. If left to itself, it’s natural tendency is to decend into deeper and deeper depravity. In other words, we’re being warned at the onset that we must be proactive about the condition of the heart, so that the natural tendency is overcome by supernatural intervention.

“Teach your son, now, to take his thoughts captive. Show him that a runaway mind will lead to a runaway life.”

The older I get, the more I realize that what we attribute to being “supernatural” actually has a lot of the natural mixed in. You and I have a greater say in God’s supernatural work than we tend to realize. If you will take the time to work on your thoughts and motives — and help your children do the same — you will find that doing so gives God something positive to work with. When we cooperate with God, great things happen. 

2 PARENTING TIPS TO HELP YOU RAISE A LOVING SON:

1. FOCUS ON HELPING YOUR SON LEARN HOW TO THINK, REASON AND UNDERSTAND CONSEQUENCES FOR HIS THOUGHTS.Thinking has become a lost art among adults. Imagine the consequences for children? They don’t have a clue. You need to help your son move from being clueless to clear about his thinking.

Literally, throughout the course of your day, you need to stop what you are doing, sit your son down and make direct eye contact with him. You need to make direct eye contact with each other because that creates an emotional, powerful connection. You need to help your son connect the dots between what he says and does with where it all starts: in his mind and heart

PARENTING IS HEART WORK: Ignore your child and he or she will go away. You must PAY ATTENTION to your child every single day.

PARENTING REQUIRES ATTENTION: Ignore your child and he or she will go away. You must PAY ATTENTION to your child every single day.

For example, when you see your son talking to someone in a way that is not honorable, not gentlemanly, you need to intervene — immediately. Interject yourself into the situation, take him aside and make eye contact. Refuse to allow him to look away as you explain to him, “____________ (insert his name), every thought leads to words and/or actions. Those words and/or actions have consequences. What you just did and/or said is a direct result of your thinking. We become what you think about.

That last sentence is a great one to get into your vocabulary. It’s a great one that your son needs to get into his vocabulary. Everything we do and say begins in the mind. Teach your young son (it’s not too late to teach your teenager) that words and actions begin in secret and eventually make their way into the public arena of our lives. 

2. HELP YOUR SON UNDERSTAND THAT HIS LIFE WILL BECOME THE ACCUMULATION OF HIS SMALL CHOICES. What your son becomes will  be the result of every small decision he makes throughout life. Those decisions begin as a young boy. In my op-ED to the Christian Post about Matt Lauer, I go into further detail about how Mr. Lauer most likely never dreamed of treating women as he did, embarrassing himself and his wife, and destroying so many lives (including his own). But, nevertheless, that’s exactly what he did. He did so by allowing his small choices to go astray.

THAT LITTLE BOY OF YOURS WILL GROW UP: Right now, you are helping determine what kind of man your son will become. What is your approach creating?

Your son needs to understand that his small choices about how he thinks about other people will have a cumulative effect. He needs to understand that he actually has the power to make choices that are good, wise and helpful in the long haul of life. Don’t you dare think that he is not smart enough, old enough or wise enough to know the difference.

Here, you’ll reap what you sow. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV) is one you can commit to memory and implement in your parenting: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Teach your son, now, to take his thoughts captive. Show him that a runaway mind will lead to a runaway life.

 

ARE YOU HELPING YOUR SON GROW UP TO BECOME A LOVING, RESPONSIBLE, HONORABLE MAN BY HELPING HIM USE HIS BRAIN? ARE YOU HELPING YOUR SON UNDERSTAND THAT HE IS BECOMING THE ACCUMULATION OF HIS THOUGHTS? DOES YOUR SON UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT HE CONTEMPLATES IN THE SECRET RECESSES OF HIS HEART WILL EVENTUALLY MAKE ITS WAY INTO THE PUBLIC SQUARE?

 

Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I publish my blogs here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy, chime in.

My first book, to be published by Thomas Nelson, is slated for release in March 13, 2018. If you want to learn more about me, just click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or click here to explore the potential of having me speak to your group.

If you like solid Bible teaching, and want to enjoy God fully, you’ll appreciate Godfactor.com, where you can download my Bible teaching and more. If you’re near York, Pa, come visit us on a Sunday at GraceYork.com — and be sure to introduce yourself.

WOMEN, LOVE & RESPECT SERIES: How To Raise A Son Who Knows How To Love A Woman, Part 1 of 3

WOMEN, LOVE & RESPECT SERIES: How To Raise A Son Who Knows How To Love A Woman, Part 1 of 3

The seemingly endless stream of sex scandals has many Americans reeling. If you’re a parent or guardian, you should be paying attention. We’re clearly in the middle of an epidemic. Many men don’t know the first thing about how to treat women with dignity, love and respect. In my Friday op-Ed for the Christian Post, I addressed a few things we can all learn on the heels of the Matt Lauer debacle. Today is the first of three blogs I’m publishing for parents and guardians of boys — to help them raise men who any woman would look up to.

NOW IS THE TIME: Help your child and teen embrace healthy views about love, respect and human dignity. You'll spare them a lifetime of hardship.

NOW IS THE TIME: Help your child or teen embrace healthy views about love, respect, and human dignity. You’ll spare them a lifetime of hardship.

Yes, we get it, sex is everywhere, even when we’re not looking for it. Our sex-crazed culture is bombarding our teens and pre-teens to the point of conditioning them to do what they should never do: treat people as objects. In fact, it goes further. It teaches us to believe the lie that it’s acceptable to entice and tempt others to walk up to the line and somehow resist crossing over.

Sadly, women are encouraged from childhood to dress and act in ways that get men’s minds racing to the point of taking action. Here, Proverbs 6:27 is a sobering reminder for everyone: “Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?” (NIV). The answer is a resounding NO.

If we play with fire, it’s only a matter of time before we’re burned. This is why, as a parent or guardian, you need to be proactive and teach your child from a very young age to not play with it. If your young boy learns to follow the trend of culture (or follows a faulty parental example), they’ll perpetuate the pattern and learn to see women as trophies and toys, either subtly or overtly.

If your daughter is starved for attention, she’ll learn how to get it one way or another, and will waste precious time trying to master the art of presenting herself as an object. This can set her up to be mistreated and disrespected by men — subtly or overtly — when a much higher, much more rewarding quality of life is possible.

THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG? The rampant sexual misconduct of adults should be a wake-up call for all parents and guardians.

THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG? The rampant sexual misconduct of adults should be a wake-up call for all parents and guardians.

SYMPTOM OF A DEEPER PROBLEM
I think the recent sex scandals reflect a deeper problem — we are not teaching our children about human dignity. If a child does not learn how to interact in healthy ways with the opposite sex and how to think rightly about people, they will grow up to do the very same things, with deeper consequences.

Children need to learn about the importance of emotional, not just physical closeness. Parents and guardians are the primary teachers to their children, one way or another. The ability to converse and learn how to appreciate the mind, personality and giftedness of another human being, are all things that must be cultivated by a parent or guardian during the youngest years of a child’s life.

The time to help your children and teens start thinking and acting like loving, respectful adults is from day one. Wait a day and you’ve already missed precious time. 

PARENTING RULE #1: IGNORE YOUR CHILDREN AND THEY’LL GO AWAY
If you ignore your children, they’ll go away. By this, I don’t mean physically. We all know that one day our children will grow up, leave home, and start to fend for themselves as we once did. What I mean is that if you don’t invest in your child(ren) emotionally, and if you don’t look for teachable moments throughout the informal classroom of life (the one we’re in 24/7), your children will get the answers they already seek from someone else. You may not like their sources, so pay attention. If you don’t pay attention to your child(ren), someone else will.

SOMEONE IS TEACHING YOUR CHILD - Where are your children learning their views about human dignity, love and respect?

SOMEONE IS TEACHING YOUR CHILD – Where are your children learning their views about human dignity, love, and respect?

If your child has unsupervised access to a smartphone, tablet, computer, television or gaming console, he or she is at risk of being sexualized and learning to treat other people as objects. By “unsupervised” I mean any access without your direct oversight in real time, with you literally watching their every move.

The average teen now spends more time on an electronic device than they do sleeping. If that’s your child or teen, you’re in trouble, and they are already on track for repeating the insany cycle of objectification and sexualization that has become the norm in America. 

PARENTING RULE #2: TEACH YOUR CHILD TO USE HIS OR HER BRAIN
In a day and age where thinking has become a lost art, the greatest thing you can do for your child is help him or her discover the power of using his or her own mind. The constant bombardment of media is designed to tell us what to think. As a result, most of us don’t realize how little we think for ourselves.

Have you outsourced teaching your child how to make good, solid moral choices, by letting them learn life lessons from the media? The greatest thing you can do for your child is help them actually think deeply, understand the consequences of their actions, and make right choices with their mouths and bodies as a result. In my next blog, I’ll explore what you can do to help your child THINK FOR HIM OR HER SELF.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? WHAT ARE YOUR ACTIONS TEACHING YOUR CHILD ABOUT THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN LIFE? WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO YOUR CHILD SO YOU SET HIM OR HER UP FOR SUCCESS, AVOIDING SOME OF THE MISTAKES YOU MADE IN LIFE?

 

Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I publish my blogs here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy, chime in.

My first book, to be published by Thomas Nelson, is slated for release in March 13, 2018. If you want to learn more about me, just click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or click here to explore the potential of having me speak to your group.

If you like solid Bible teaching, and want to enjoy God fully, you’ll appreciate Godfactor.com, where you can download my Bible teaching and more. If you’re near York, Pa, come visit us on a Sunday at GraceYork.com — and be sure to introduce yourself.

Fox News Op-Ed: What the First Thanksgiving Can Teach a Divided America

Fox News Op-Ed: What the First Thanksgiving Can Teach a Divided America

AS PUBLISHED IN FOX NEWS, NOVEMBER 18, 2017: In November 1621, the American holiday we now know as Thanksgiving began with an unprecedented cornucopia of food and fellowship marked by genuine . . . thanksgiving. And for good reason.

About 102 Pilgrims had endured a 66-day voyage from England across the Atlantic to Massachusetts aboard the Mayflower the year before. They were guided by a God-given appetite for unhindered religious freedom.

Roughly half the Pilgrims had died of disease and malnutrition by the time the survivors sat down for the meal to give thanksgiving with Native Americans. The gathering was more than unlikely. It was a genuine miracle – a miracle that Americans would benefit to remember on Thanksgiving this year and beyond.

America’s current course – marked by division, hatred and selfishness – is completely out of alignment with the brick and mortar set by the Pilgrims and Native Americans. Today we need a modern miracle – a miracle that requires the seemingly contradictory component of human intentionality.

CLICK HERE TO READ IT ON FOX NEWS

The Native Americans and Pilgrims had their share of huge challenges to overcome. But overcome them they did – setting an example for Americans today.

If these two groups were able to sit down together at a table – despite differences in language, culture, beliefs, appearance and even basic tastes in food – then we can certainly do the same today with friends and family, and with those who may have different beliefs than we do.

The unlikely unity between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims seems sadly bizarre to so many of us today. But if we are willing, there are lessons here for us.

The quest for freedom and fellowship is part of human DNA. A re-embracing of this truth with a commitment to celebrating it could be the very thing that truly makes America stronger together and great.

This Thanksgiving, we have a chance to resurrect the spirit of the first celebration, not just during the meal, but far beyond. The meal can be the symbolic launching pad for a perpetual repeat of the miracle that took place almost 400 years ago.

What if we did more on this Thanksgiving than merely thank God for the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberries? What if we made this Thanksgiving a national reset and returned to the spirit of the first feast?

What if we each looked for ways to get America back on track, to restore her to her long-lost luster that emulated thankfulness, generosity and diversity? Why, we’d have the kind of America that each of us, deep down, truly longs for. In the end, it’s also the only America that really works.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick,” says Proverbs 13:12. Regardless of your belief in the Bible, a soul would be hard-pressed to prove that our nation is whole and healthy. The hope for American unity, which is deferred at this juncture, has indeed weakened our national heart.

Each of us longs for the miraculous in the everyday grind of life. It’s time to bring the miraculous back as America’s new normal. If that seems puzzling, think more deeply and the fog will lift.

This Thanksgiving is our chance. It’s America’s chance to rediscover that strength is possible through diversity – if we each come to the table with a trait that seems so foreign to America these days, but is far from impossible to muster.

This was the trait that brought people of different ethnicities and backgrounds together for an unforgettable meal that did far more than fill bellies. It forged the fabric that became America.

The trait is humility, and it’s what brings people together. It’s the essential ingredient that makes unity possible. If you don’t believe this, you just may be among the many who think Thanksgiving is simply about eating until we have to unbuckle our belts. 

What can you do to make the spirit of Thanksgiving a growing trait of your life every day of the year? You can start by considering this coming Thanksgiving as the re-launch of you. You can begin to look for common ground between you and others, rather than the differences

Look for things you can compliment rather than criticize. Recognize that there is a God-given reason why each of us has two ears and one mouth – to listen, at a heart level, twice as much as we speak.

Will listening make our differences go away? Of course not – but you just may find that all of life will begin to be more harmonious and enjoyable.

An attitude of gratitude, and some humility, goes a long, long way to making all of life much, much better. If you begin to incorporate these simple things into your life, this Thanksgiving will be the start of the miracle you’ve been searching for.

Red, yellow, black, brown and white, we are all precious in God’s sight. This Thanksgiving is a chance for each of us to be part of a fresh miracle – one that our nation needs, big time, and which each of us can fire up the spark. We really can sit down at a table, together – this Thanksgiving and beyond – if only we are humble enough to do so.

Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I publish my blogs here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy, chime in.

My first book, to be published by Thomas Nelson, is slated for release in March 13, 2018. If you want to learn more about me, just click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or click here to explore the potential of having me speak to your group.

If you like solid Bible teaching, and want to enjoy God fully, you’ll appreciate Godfactor.com, where you can download my Bible teaching and more. If you’re near York, Pa, come visit us on a Sunday at GraceYork.com — and be sure to introduce yourself.

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