Tonight when I came home from work…yes my JOB, I got in to my car..it’s a Kia….2009. Nothing fancy…definitely NOT a smart car, but it’s a car nonetheless. After I got her started, I pushed a button and instantly got heat from the vent,h it another button and instantly got some great Christian music from JoyFM.
When I got home, I pushed another button to open my garage door where I proceeded to pull my not so smart (but paid for) Kia in for the night.
I came in to my warm house, stripped out of my work scrubs, reached for my fat pants, sweatshirt, and hit up my Keurig machine. While my warm coffee was brewing, I searched my fridge for something to eat for dinner.
Nothing looked appetizing.
Not the left over pulled pork we had for lunch today,not the bacon and eggs that were in the drawer, not my boxes of Special K Chocolaty Crunch cereal, and not the copious amounts of frozen dinner in my freezer. Maybe I will just order some chinese take out….nah…that didn’t sound so great either. Maybe a pizza from Marco’s down the street….afterall, they have the BEST bacon/pepperoni pizza. …nah…that didn’t sound good either….
So, while I contemplated what I wanted to eat from the many choices I had and still thought nothing sounded good, I grabbed my fresh cup of warm coffee, added my peppermint essential oil for a little extra flavor and……
Then I sat at my computer……
and on my screen saver is a picture of my Honduran family. I was suddenly filled with remorse and guilt for being so “unhappy” with my dinner options. As I sat staring at this beautiful family, I couldn’t help but think “what are they eating tonight…probably nothing”
Shame on me.
I took a moment to look at all the blessings God had given me today….
First, I woke up…that in itself is a HUGE blessing we should not take for granted.
-I was able to take a shower…with hot water AND water pressure this morning.
-I used an INDOOR toilet….that flushed.
-I had power in my house to light my way, heat the air, and run the appliances that fixed my breakfast
-I got dressed in work scrubs and threw on a pair of Aasics tennis shoes.
-I got in to a perfectly functional car that took me to a paid job that I love.
-I used my Galaxy Note 5 phone all day…while it’s not the newest and latest of gadgets, it’s still a great phone
-I broke a nail that I paid to have manicured 2 weeks prior
-I came home to a warm house, electricity, lots of food choices (even if they didn’t sound good at the time), internet, tv, cell phone, INDOOR bathroom…WITH plumbing.
What did my Honduras family have today? Probably not 1/10th of the material things I had…and my stuff was just 12 hours worth of blessings.
Philippians 4:11 talks about being content with what we have. Are you content? I like to think I am…then moments like tonight happen and God uses these moments as teaching tools for me.
Count your blessings, count them one by one….
If you actually sit back and count all the blessings you had blessed today, you might be shocked. I know I was.