The things you take for granted…

14 May

Other people are praying for.

I just got a message from an old friend saying her sisters house had burnt down. She lost EVERYTHING. She was just starting out on her own and now has nothing. What a horrible feeling that must be to come home to find no home there. Thank goodness her physical being is ok, but I am sure her spiritual self is absolutely crushed.

Things like that make you really realize how much you take the basic things for granted. Some things in life seem SO important until you realize how trivial they really are. We live in a society where the only acceptable thinking is that we always need MORE. More friends (Facebook, anyone?) more money, more stuff, more fame, more notoriety.

You know what we really need? Relationships. Purpose. Reason. Compassion.

I am a HUGE Dave Ramsey fan and my favorite quote of his is that “We buy stuff we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like.” How painfully, embarrassingly true.

I want to encourage everyone to pay it forward. Realize that the smallest acts of kindness can make all the difference. A smile may make the difference between someone having a horrible day and a liveable one.

Appreciate each breath, each day with clean water, each load of laundry, each hug from your children, each pesky light that burns out in your home.

Because….

The things you take for granted, other people are praying for.

One Response to “The things you take for granted…”

  1. Grandma May 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    Once again you made me think. We’re in D.C. and today I had a smile and pat on the shoulder with a black lady, near my age. She patted the seat next to her when a person left it at a stop but G’pa had already snared two seats together so I said that I guessed I’d sit with him and patted her shoulder . As she exited at her stop, I smiled and sad have a great night. She smiled and said, you too. A priceless moment that your blog pointed to.

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