A Grateful Heart

This is a blog post that should really be saved for Thanksgiving, but I find myself often experiencing an overwhelming gratefulness, so I felt that maybe I should go ahead and post about it. That’s how this thing works anyway – I post about the things that have been on my mind and heart lately…and this has been on my mind and heart lately.

Since moving here, I find that often when I wake up in the morning and turn on the light, I am in awe that I can just flip a switch and have light. Having electricity in this environment seems like such a novelty, and since many mornings the electricity doesn’t actually come on when I flip the switch, my surprise is often understandable. I also find that most nights when I get in my warm bed under my mosquito net in my dry house, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with gratefulness that I have such things. I know far too many people here who have none of this, but rather sleep on the ground in a grass house, exposed to malaria carrying mosquitoes. It’s funny how in just a few short months, things that I used to take absolutely for granted are now things that I can’t believe I have the privilege of having. A closet full of clothes, more than one pair of shoes, food to eat for every meal, a vehicle…. and the list could go on and on. No matter how “modestly” I live here compared to American culture, I am still ridiculously rich compared to almost everyone else in this country. I had heard many sermons in my life about how rich Americans were compared to the rest of the world, but I never really understood or appreciated it until I experienced it day in and day out for myself.

Ironically, the sermon I listened to this morning spoke of the mercies of God. The fact that we wake up morning after morning in a house, with a good bed, food in the refrigerator, a vehicle to drive, and clothes to wear is no coincidence. How often we like to think that it is because of something we have done. But, reality is that it is only by His mercy. We did not choose where we were going to be born and nothing we did allowed us to grow up in a culture and a nation with such things. The fact that we have been blessed with such things is only by God’s grace on our lives….how often we take that for granted. How rarely we are actually thankful for what we have instead of being upset about those things we do not have.

Just curious, but what things, tangible or intangible, are you grateful to the Father for today? I would love to hear your comments.

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