I don’t know what it is. But it happens every six months or so-I think back to the trip that Sam & I took to the Philippines a few years ago. He had lived there for two years in his early twenties, serving a mission for our church. He wanted to take me back & I was excited to go-soooooo excited. We spent two weeks exploring the Philippines (thank heavens Sam speaks Tagalog!), met amazing people…and it was a trip that literally changed my life. When I looked around at the people there whose living conditions were meager, I felt so humbled. And so spoiled. How could I be taking all the clean water back home for granted? How about the convenience of owning a car? How lucky I was to be able to sleep in a bed-with a PILLOW!!! The food in my cold refrigerator back home…the carpet in my bedroom…my closet full of clothes…so many things in my life had sadly been taken for granted. I looked around at the people who in comparison had nothing…and I felt like a horribly spoiled person.
So today I just want to say that I’m thankful. For everything that I have. It’s so easy for us to focus on the things that we don’t have…so let’s try to be grateful for what we do have. Take a look around your house & thank God for your blessings! I’m thankful for the problems I have-because my problems are so miniscule compared to the other problems that are going on in the world today. I’m thankful for a roof over my head, the food in my fridge, & for every.single.thing in my life. So tell me, what are YOU thankful for???
(And because I hate reading blogs if there isn’t a photograph attached, here are a few shots I took (with my point & shoot!!!) back on our trip).
A view of the streets in a city called Tarlac…
Some of the darling kids in Tarlac…don’t judge me by my shiny face-it was HOT there!!!