I hope your still with me because I just want to share a truth with you that I always seem to forget. The truth about how lucky and blessed that I truly am, that we all truly are. You see no matter what is going on in our current lives, I've discovered that somebody always has it worse.
Most of my family has been down with the flu bug in one capacity or another over this Thanksgiving Holiday and its just been kind of rushed. My wife and I both got hit hard Sunday into Monday just as she was scheduled to go back to work and to top it all off the heat is not working in her car so now I have to also get up at 5:30 to drive her to work in the dark and the rain with a belly ache.
Wow, talk about a whiner and no I'm not complaining honey, just trying to make my point. Actually to tell the truth I was really kind of feeling that way on this particular morning but I sucked it up and smiled and on our way we went.
As we drove off in the dark I started to think about the fact that my lovely wife gets up five days a week and heads off to work at the wee hours of the morning while I lie in bed. You see I've worked from home for 15 years now and for the most part set my own hours.
As we drove and started our morning conversations I noticed all the other folks out there headed off to their morning destinations. Probably going somewhere they didn't want, to do something they really didn't want to do just for the good of the cause.
Then I noticed a mother walking her young child along the dark city streets bundled up under an umbrella while I was driving my late model truck with good heat and Sirrus XM radio. My wife says yes, I see that every morning and I began to think about that.
She told me about a another young mother and her child that she sees walking towards a day care near our neighborhood every day of the year. We talked about how she probably lives in "that apartment complex" and can't afford a car of her own.
Then my wife started telling me about a NFL Team that partners every year with a furniture manufacturer and other companies to provide beds and linens for 100 children from the city streets that don't have beds of their own. Can you imagine not having a bed of your own?
After I dropped my beautiful and patient wife off at work assuring her I would return later I began to think about the situation in Tennessee. The last I heard over 140 homes have burned to the ground in the last several days, businesses are gone and people have lost their lives and I'm whining about getting up at 5:30 to take my wife to work, did I mention in a warm vehicle and Peter Frampton to entertain me on the way back.
So I get home and start to begin my day and in my emails I find an all important message from a company I partner with that really kicked me in my butt. Yes just what I needed on a day like today.
You see as humans we complain, we try to figure life out (why me) and we take for granted most things that we have, especially in this great nation. With the recent happenings over our country's election, natural disasters, more school shootings and the oncoming of what should be one of our most sacred holidays - we still seem to forget who is in control.
Phillipians 4:13 says: I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
No matter what your beliefs are, I would ask you to think about that a little today. To think about maybe a time when things weren't really going your way.
Who did you turn to? What was the outcome? Do you wish it somehow could of been different?
I would also ask you to always remember that no matter how bad things are, there is always someone worse off than you. That maybe reaching out with a helping hand may be something you could have used in your time of need.
Thanks for reading and may God Bless you always in everything you do.