let’s get ready to ramble, k?
i was thinking the other day while i had just silas with me (the girls were at a playdate ALL DAY), how hard i thought it was to go to the grocery store or run any errands for that matter when i only had gracie. and really, it was hard. it was the hardest grocery stopping that i had done. but now i look back and laugh because it was so easy compared to doing it now with 3 kids! so when i just had silas with, it was enjoyable and fun and not anything i’d ever describe as difficult.
so that made me think.
how is it that some people have that perspective with everything in their life? how do people have life-threatening illnesses, suffer great losses, go through long hardships… and still do it as though they were grocery shopping with just one child? as if they have done something harder and this was not the worst. (am i even making any sense?)
anyway, i was just feeling like my perspective needs to change. i so often see any trial i’m going through as pretty difficult, but really, it could be so much worse. in comparison to most others, my life has been wonderful, easy even. as my friend joy says, we operate under a lucky star. so my perspective should be one of thankfulness when we do go through a time of trial, thankful that my trials have been few and far between, that my trials have been NOTHING compared to most other’s.
i need to remember my 7 year old’s prayers: she always says thank you for x, because it could be worse. like, “thank you for our clean drinking water, because we could have to drink dirty water that would make us sick and we’d have to walk miles just to get it.” and, “thank you for our cozy house, that we aren’t homeless”.
so today i am thankful. though the struggles we go through now are real, they are small. i am thankful for that. i am thankful for being shielded from such hardships. am am thankful for a husband that loves me more than i could ever imagine, that i have 3 very healthy kids, that we have a very loving and supportive family, that we live in a town that we love and are blessed by our church and school.
i am thankful.
and i am blessed.
and now, if that was a little too heavy for you ;) click here for a hilarious thanksgiving song!