Thanksgiving Day

img_0681It’s 10:08am, Thanksgiving day, what’s on your TV?  The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been our tradition for years.  There is too much to do to sit down and watch, but it plays in the background and everyone stops to see what’s next.

The parade reminds me of several things.  Tradition, famous, new, heart felt, commercial, party, and nostalgia are all part of this great historical and present day event.  It amazes me how all those characteristics work together to make the parade such an event tuned in by millions.

We could all take note that the use of the traditional without the new of today’s culture makes us ineffective.  In other words…if the Macy’s parade was not willing to offer new floats, new ideas, new generations of everything represented along with the traditions…it would die.  While using tradition as a basis, the culture of the parade has changed decade after decade and year after year.  If it didn’t they would cease to reach today’s generation and generations to come.  Sound familiar?

I’ve heard several say it, but a couple of years ago Charles Stanley made a familiar statement at Drive 06′ that goes like this, “The methods MUST change, but the message can NEVER change.”  The world around us gets it when it comes to changes in the culture and new generations.  Businesses that will not change die and go out of business.  Churches that will not change die and are no longer effective. 

Paraphrasing from the book, TRIBES (Seth Godin) which says, if you fall in love with the system and never change you can no longer grow.  If you are not growing…you are dying. 

I’m sure we could all reflect on this as we thank God for all His blessings this year.  As we reflect on how He’s blessed us in the past, may we never forget that He wants to bless us in the future as well and we must reach the future generations.

Happy Thanksgiving!!


5 Responses

  1. Happy Turkey Day, Elvis! Love the “pull in” with Macy’s!! Too True….
    Started readin McLaren’s “A New Kind of Christian” this morning with the blend….shewwwee!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too, Eric. This blog brings back something I heard a long time ago… I don’t remember who said it – just that it clicked with me. “Tradition is the living faith of those who have passed away. Traditionalism is the dead faith of those still living”. This Thanksgiving – I have so much to be thankful for (don’t we all?). Among the things for which I am thankful this year is relationships that are God centered and Christ honoring… Thank you for being a part of what I am thankful for this year!

  3. hey dude-

    greetings from the Windy City!!!! We landed here at 1:00 pm today, all is well, ready to eat some turkey. All the Pops say hey and Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

  4. hey man,

    great thoughts. we are already having to tweek things here at NC to keep this bus rolling foward as we grow. I hope all is well with you. we need to connect sometime.


  5. Hope you and Dana and the boys had a nice Thanksgiving and had lots of turkey or ham and other veggies and yummy food. The parade was fun – a certain tradition in our house. Miss you guys.

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