They’re All Around Us

May 11, 2015

Clean water.
A soft bed.
Friends and family who are there for me.
A God who loves me unconditionally.

These are just a few of the things I take for granted on a daily basis. Oh, it’s not that I want to be ungrateful. It’s just that I forget….I forget that some have never had the things I’ve grown accustomed to, yet I readily seem to remember that some have more than I do. I forget how blessed I really am.

I have been guilty of scrolling through social media posts and observing those whose lives appear to be utterly perfect. At times, I’ve been sure that my own life will remain incomplete without the latest designer bag, or without the latest fashion that my friends are wearing–convincing me that everyone has it better than I do. But as I continue to scroll through posts and pictures, I notice other things. I see the tiny hut that serves as shelter for a family of five in a third-world country. I look at the smile on the face of the child who just received his first Bible. I hear of people who walk four or five miles one way for a gallon of clean water. I am reminded of people around the world who have never heard about the love of Jesus. Then, I am both ashamed and suddenly, very thankful.

The truth of the matter is this: things alone cannot make us happy. It seems as though the more we get, the more we want. Blessings are all around us, if we will only stop and intentionally focus on them. What are some things you all are grateful for? Tell us about them below in the comment section!

 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. -1 Thessalonians 5:18

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