Let there be no filthiness (obscenity, indecency) nor foolish and sinful (silly and corrupt) talk, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting or becoming; but instead voice your thankfulness [to God].~ Ephesians 5:4
Today my mom and I went grocery shopping. I usually hate to go grocery shopping... it's a bit boring and sometimes a pain to go do. Oh I do enjoy getting a coffee at Starbucks and of course having more food in the house.
Here is some food for thought, something I need to remind myself on. Less than 200 hundred years ago we didn't have the "grocery store" we have now. There was no easy convenient way of buying fresh prepared meat, any kind of fruit and veggie you want, and caned goods that can last you for years. What a HUGE blessing this all is! I don't have to raise and kill my own livestock... thank God. I can have and try practically any kind of fruit or vegetable of my hearts desire... think about that! I am blessed beyond words and It's not just from the grocery store...
Take a look at this. I don't know who wrote it, but they did a wonderful job. Thank you mom for posting this on your fb... made me stop and think. Us Americans and first world countries are so blessed!
If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep...
you are richer than 75% of the world's population...Think about that for a second or two. You are among the top 25% that means.
If you have a little money in the bank or spare change in a dish someplace...
you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy....I may not have much money in the bank, BUT it doesn't say how much you have to have in the bank it just say IF you have any at all, even just a few bucks, you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy. So stop whining if you're not among the top 1% you CRAZY "Occupy Wall Street" NUTS!! You're still among the top 8%!!
If you can drink from your kitchen faucet whenever you want...
you are more fortunate by far than 1.5 billion people who have no access to clean water at all...That's billion with a "B"!!
If you can attend a church or a political rally without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death...you have the kind of freedom denied to more than three billion people in the world...I'll go a step further here and say if you have a Bible in you house you are more blessed then those three billion people, so why don't you count your blessings and open it up and take a look inside sometime??
If you can read this message, you are more blessed than two billion people who cannot read at all...Two BILLION people can't even read this!
If you are an woman reading this and you were blessed to born an American, think for a minute or two about all the other women in other parts of our world who were born into country's where women are still treated like someones property. Think about how blessed you are to be able to pick and chose what you want to do with your life and if you have daughters think how blessed they are as will to have been born with our kind of freedom...
If your everyday problems are weighing you down, there are millions, no BILLIONS, of people on Earth who would gladly trade places with you right now--problems and all--and feel they have been royally blessed.
Remember: "From those to whom much is given, much is expected."
What are you grateful for?
Is there a way for you to bless others less fortunate?