Thinking About Thanksgiving

What do you think of when you think Thanksgiving? Family? Football? Turkey dinner? Pumpkin pie?

For many people in Cedar Springs, their situation may leave them only thinking about these things, but never experiencing them. That’s why I was so excited to hear that two local restaurants—The Cedar Pub and Sue’s Kitchen—are teaming up to provide a full Thanksgiving meal for families in need. The meals will be served at Sue’s Kitchen.

Want to help? Here are four things you can do:

(1) Bake some homemade pumpkin pies.

(2) Join me and my family in volunteering at the restaurant on Thanksgiving. Meals will be served from noon until 5pm, so helpers are needed from 11am until 6pm.

(3) Tell needy families in Cedar Springs that a big Thanksgiving meal is waiting for them.

(4) Support The Cedar Pub and Sue’s Kitchen by making a donation for this meal, or by eating at their restaurants often.

If you want to help, or have more questions, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back in touch with you.

Little By Little

I’ve found a great group of guys to play basketball with in Cedar Springs. I love early morning basketball because I feel like it gets my day started right.

I have been playing with this group for a little over two months. Prior to this, I hadn’t played full-court basketball in quite a while, so when I started up again, it was amazing how quickly I was out of breath … and how many turnovers I had … and how off my shot was. Just a few months of not playing, and everything deteriorated.

But I hung in there. And yesterday it dawned on me, “Hey, I can run a little longer before I get winded. And my shot is getting a little better too.”

I didn’t see a dramatic overnight improvement. In fact, I only see real improvement if I compare my game in mid-November with my game in mid-September.

This is an important concept to remember in anything we do: little by little keeps you moving forward. The little steps you take every day add up.

  • Start with just 5 minutes of exercise, and slowly increase it.
  • Read a book for just a few minutes each day, then a few minutes more.
  • Pray for a couple of minutes before you go to bed tonight, then a couple minutes more.
  • Quit smoking for just an afternoon, then try an hour or two more.

Little by little you are increasing your capacity to do greater things. Don’t try for cold turkey or overnight success or immediate results. Little by little will help you get there.

Ready? What little thing can you do today?

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