Now that November has arrived, our culture turns to thoughts of thanks.
Yes, there is "No Shave November." I just looked that up, and learned that not shaving has a cause. By not shaving, men (and women?) seek to start conversations about cancer. As I think about those who have engaged in this cause, they have probably told me about cancer experiences. The money saved by not shaving should be donated to No Shave November, which shares proceeds with The American Cancer Society, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Prevent Cancer Foundation and Fight Colorectal Cancer. Learn more at https://www.no-shave.org/.
There is also Nanowrimo, http://nanowrimo.org/, encouraging fiction writers to buckle down and crank out 50k words this month. Sometimes writers need that extra encouragement to push through writer's block. Many writers face the tension of having something to say, but not grinding it out on paper. That's a lot of work. But the best writers fight past the blinking cursor and dull syntax to breathe life into their ideas. After all, God uses words to create.
But overall, our society thinks about thankfulness in November. At Crossroads yesterday, we hung a large Thankfulness Sheet--an actual bed sheet--on the wall, encouraging people to write down what they are thankful for. It will hang there all month, inviting written or drawn expressions of thanks. I can't wait to see it full of gratitude!
So, whether you write or shave or not this month, please be thankful. More than that, express your thanks to God and people.
Gratitude builds relationships and that's what life is all about, Charlie Brown.