Thanks-Giving or Thanks-Getting


This last week was Thanksgiving break for everyone in the United States. I was able to see my family and eat Thanksgiving dinner with them. That night though, Millions of people nationwide huddled outside all night long to be able to be the first in the shops the morning of Black Friday. I must admit that I was one of them. I realized something though. Thanksgiving has turned into nothing more than the pregame for a night and day of selfishness. Why are we so wrapped up in materialism, and why would our nation’s shopping industry decide that right after Thanksgiving is the best time for people to go shopping for the best deals? We care so much about materialism because we have all been incorporated into a society that tells us that the more toys we have, the happier we will be. Every ad agency wants us to see that the people in their ads are happier than we are, and the reason why, is because they have a certain product. But that’s not true, and one very key value portrayed by Thanksgiving is that we should be thankful for everything we have, even if we don’t have everything we want. It’s almost as if we get our five minutes of being thankful for our family, life, and the people around us during Thanksgiving and then BOOM, Black Friday is near and everyone abandons this idea of thankfulness, and chases the idea that they need more, more, more. I think it was a horrible idea for Black Friday to be placed on the day after Thanksgiving. Why can’t we be thankful for what we have for at least a whole week? Black Friday should be after a holiday that doesn’t portray appreciation. Thanksgiving comes, and then thanks-getting comes. This really shows the world what our society values, and breaks apart the reason for why Thanksgiving was created a National holiday.

-Zachary

Tonight, Invisible Children Benefit Concert!


Hey everyone,

Tonight, November 11th, at Liberty University there will be a benefit concert going towards the rehabilitation center that the Liberty University Invisible Children chapter are fund raising for.  It will be in Towns Auditorium at 7:45pm.  It is $3 at the door and 100% of the funds raised will go towards the rehabilitation center we are trying to build in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  This rehabilitation center is very crucial to the Invisible Children organization because  as children and kids are escaping and returning to their families, they are experiencing PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  They cannot simply return to normal every day life.  This center will be offering the children a 6 month process where they will be able to slowly get back to being normal children.  I urge you to come out tonight to the concert.  Bring your friends and support Invisible Children

Follow, Following, Followers!


Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about how it’s a bad thing to be a follower.  I’ve heard: “you’re a follower”, and “you don’t make your own decisions”.  These comments haven’t been pointed directly towards me, but they’ve been aimed at one of my friends.  Well I would like to explain to you today, the ways a person should be a follower, and why we as a society are naturally followers.

First of all, what is the definition of a follower?  The Merriam-Webster dictionary had two good definitions for it.  1. “one that imitates another”  2. “one that chases”.  We see that in the Bible, the apostles were, by definition, followers.  They not only followed Jesus around,  but they left their lives behind to follow someone who had changed their point of view, and their life.  Simon Peter was a fisherman, and when Jesus asked him to leave his work and follow, Simon dropped everything and left it all behind.  From then on, he followed Jesus everywhere he went, and followed His teaching until the day he died.  That’s the kind of follower we all should be.  I use this example of Jesus because that’s a big part of my life.  But it could be anything, from a war starting where you have to take sides, or a humanitarian crisis where you are urged by your own conviction to take action.  I recently joined the Invisible Children group at Liberty University.  From day one in the group I have been working with them to spread the word and to raise money for the rehabilitation center we are trying to build in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  This is the kind of following we should be doing.

Our society is also a follower society, but most of the time, it’s not in a healthy way.  The person calling my friend a follower is also very much so a follower.  He thinks he isn’t because he is on leadership, but he is, and I’ll tell you why.  Our society as a whole is following.  We have become so interested in what others believe that when something new comes out, or something nice is available, we want it.  We follow trends on the market because we want others to accept us.  We follow politicians, advertisers, social media, television, music, and many others.  I’m not trying to put any of these down, but I do think we need to take a step back and realize exactly who and what we follow.  Just like on twitter, there’s the follow button.  I myself am on twitter so follow me @pinkpanther1122.  Haha but I want to warn you, before clicking that button to follow, think about the pros and cons.  Why are you wanting to follow a politician, why is this trend in clothing a good choice for you, and why should you allow yourself to listen to this music group.  Many times we listen or watch, or follow specific things that go against our own value system.  Don’t follow blindly, and don’t be persuaded into something you know you shouldn’t be doing.  I must admit, this has happened to me more than once, and later I reap the consequences.  But I want to urge you to think about the decisions you take, and the messages you follow and associate your name with.  While wearing a certain brand isn’t a big deal, following a certain politician is.  You can’t stand with someone that doesn’t believe the same thing as you.  Your point of view will change, and unfortunately, your belief system will change also. I urge you to also take action against the wrongs you see in society.  I personally am involved in Invisible Children because I see slavery and child soldiers as something that is wrong and should be stopped right now.  There are many other issues going on, and I encourage you to take a stand for what you believe, instead of just watching the results!

Front Line Tour showing at Liberty University


Hey everybody, Invisible Children will be at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA on Monday, Nov 7th. In Towns auditorium, there will be a screening of their new documentary, Front Line tour, at 7:45 pm. If you don’t know what Invisible Children is, or what their about, I ask you to watch this clip. And if you’re in the area, I hope to see you there.

I wonder!


I’m the type of person to wonder about things. Normal things! Weird things! Anything really. Like I wonder how much happiness a person gets from people liking their Facebook status? Is it a lot of happiness or is it just a little? I wonder how many guys only hold the door open for the pretty girls, but let it shut in the face of the girl that they wouldn’t care to notice? I wonder why God allows people to suffer? But then again, I wonder why people allow other people to suffer? How many secrets are kept behind closed doors and away from the public ear? Who is allowed to know those secrets? I wonder why all the yummy food is the worst for me, and why chocolate can’t be like asparagus? There’s a few things I don’t wonder about. I know that the world is a much better place when people love each other. I wonder when we will realize that? I know that so many global issues could be solved if we all put others before ourselves. I wonder when we will give up selfishness? I know that there’s a famine right now in Somalia and Ethiopia. But I wonder how many people really care? I know that young girls, the age of my little sister, are being kidnapped and put into the sex trade. But I wonder when the world will decide to act against it? I know that kids in Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo are being kidnapped and forced to massacre innocent people for the rebel army. I wonder when we will stand up to stop it? I know that we can make a difference. But I wonder who will be a part of that “we”. That’s what I wonder! What do you wonder?

-Zachary