The Craziest Thing Happened to Me Today
So the craziest thing happened to me today!
I went into the bathroom at my house this morning, and when I turned this little metal knob, water came spouting straight out of the wall! It was conveniently landing in a container that I could stand in so the water didn’t splash around everywhere. And not only this, if I turned the little knob this way or that, I could adjust the temperature of the water to suit my specific preference! And to top it all off, the water was totally clean, free from silt or mud or anything. It really was the most remarkable thing.
What’s that? This doesn’t sound crazy to you?
Of course it doesn’t. You know exactly what I’m talking about. I had a shower this morning. Whoopdie doo! There’s a good chance you did too. People shower all the time, right? It’s not exactly a big deal. It’s common routine for people like you and I. We practically do it without even thinking about it.
And that’s just the point.
It is estimated that about 40% of the world’s population doesn’t have indoor plumbing. That equals almost 3 billion people who must bathe in a river or in a basin they filled with buckets…or who simply never bathe at all.
And if you push it even farther, indoor plumbing is a modern invention, which means that virtually countless billions of people over the course of human history have no idea what it’s like to wake up in the morning and have a hot shower, much less to know what it’s like for that to be normal and mundane.
Here’s the point: we have so much more to be thankful for than we realize. We enjoy thousands of blessings every day and hardly even notice them. What’s worse is that we don’t just fail to notice them…we actually complain about them all the time. We are horrifically ungrateful people, if we even bother to pay attention to our lives at all. It’s a shame, really, and I’m just as guilty as everyone else.
Today, why not take a moment to be thankful for the small things: the shower, the food in the fridge, the roof over your head, the music in your ears, the smell of the flowers outside, the striking blue of the sky, the deliciousness of your favourite snack, the fact that you can inhale air and your body somehow turns that into sustainable resources. Seriously, what the heck is our existence, anyways? Pretty amazing when you think about it.
Give thanks today to the one who Created you, and remember just how fortunate you really are!
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:6)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights (James 1:17)