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The Things I Take for Granted

November 4, 2012

“Someone else is praying for the things you take for granted.” I’m not sure the source of this quote, as I’ve seen many variations floating around. 

This rings true for me tonight. I’m exhausted from several nights of little sleep. I spent all day today in faculty training, and I have a massive headache. All I want to do is crawl in bed and put my head on the pillow.

When is the last time I thanked God for my pillow? Ummm…maybe never. Yet, even now, there are people in the US whose homes have been ruined by Sandy. They are probably exhausted, cold and wanting a warm bed. Then there are the countless numbers of people all over the world who have no bed, no pillow. 

What a humbling thought. What if I woke up today with only the things for which I thanked God yesterday. I’m ashamed to say I would have very little. I certainly wouldn’t have my pillow or my bed. I wouldn’t have a lot of things I value even more than my pillow and my bed. 

G.K. Chesteron said, “You say grace before meals.  All right.  But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”  

I like the word “grace” here. It’s such a reminder that every small thing I have in life is an undeserved gift from God. These earthly gifts should remind me of the ultimate demonstration of grace: Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as payment for my sin. It’s all grace. 

I cannot possibly take these things for granted when I say grace and see grace in every part of my life. Lord, open my eyes and let me see Your grace more clearly. 

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