Thankfulness – day two

Day #2 – November 8, 2012
As most of you know, the United States just had their presidential election. This was a close race; one of the closest I’ve ever witnessed. After I voted, I found things to do to keep myself occupied until the polls closed, when the winner would soon be announced. I found myself amazed at how divided the country stood on who they voted for – it was basically a 50/50 tie. I believe the electoral votes were in Obama’s favor since most of the larger states voted democratic, he ultimately had more “votes” in the end.
Overall, it was a suspenseful race. Since I live in the south, the majority of people around me voted republican and were disappointed with the outcome of the race. No matter if who I voted for won or lost, I want to say how grateful I am to live in the beautiful United States of America. I don’t keep up with politics as much as I ought to, but I have a passion when it comes to things involving my country. I suppose it may be because I’ve visited two third-world countries for an extended amount of time. I saw the agony and oppression people faced. They had no water, food was scarce, and they were lucky if they had roofs over their homes. In spite of their “poverty”, they were still so happy (I put quotes because Americans would say they’re poor for not having things such as televisions or cars, but in reality those people had more joy than I’ve seen in the average American; makes you question about people who say possessions bring happiness).
Because I’ve seen what people live with in other countries and are still happy, I can’t help but be so very grateful to live in America and be happy. If they can have nothing and still smile, then how could I be upset for not getting a laptop I might want, or a new camera?
No matter who I vote for in an election, I’m eternally grateful to even have the ability to vote and have a voice in this country. I wish more Americans could see how blessed they are to live in the United States. I wish more Americans would be grateful to even get to vote – even if the person they vote for doesn’t win the election.

Romans 13:1-2, 6-7
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves…This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

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