We love to complain about the little things in life. I forgot my cell phone the other day as I left the house. I was about 15 minutes away by then and didn’t have the luxury of time to go back and get it and go through the traffic again to get to where I was on my way to where I was going. Calls went unanswered, texts were ignored, and emails unchecked. It was a long day. None of this would have mattered before we all had cell phones which was only a few short years ago. It’s one of t he many blessings I have and often take for granted.
In the larger scheme of things, we Americans live with many blessings that other people in other parts of the world still aim to achieve. Here’s a quick checklist to compare with other people in the world:
1. Finances. Do we have enough to have our basic needs met each day?
2. Home or Place to Live. Do we have somewhere to put our head? Is it safe?
3. Education. If you’re reading this you know how to read, and probably write. Do we have access to education for elementary school? High School? College? Graduate School?
4. Friends. Do you have 3 or 4 good friends you can count on?
5. Spiritual Gifts. Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? Are you utilizing them?
6. Transportation. Do you have access to public transportation? Is public transportation available? Are multiple options available for transportation? Do you have private transportation available to you, such as a car?
7. Forgiveness of sin. Do you know how to get forgiveness of sins? Do you have access to the peace that comes with forgiveness of sins?
8. Do you have the Presence of the Holy Spirit? This comes in the way of comfort, peace, communion with God.
All these things are worth being grateful for–before we worry about the newest model computer or the latest sale at Macys, where to go on vacation, or the newest kind of BBQ to order. I have had the privilege of visiting many countries, and often seeing the poorer sections of that country. Poverty is everywhere. Hunger is everywhere. Some people are born into these conditions. Some people live where people make poor decisions that impact those around them.
No matter what the circumstances are that we live with, it could be worse. It could probably be better. Are we fully aware of what we dohave? It’s time to review, update, and appreciate the things on the Blessing Inventory.