A few weeks ago Chris and I were at Tom Thumb doing our weekly grocery shopping. We were looking for a particular item, but realized the usual spot had been replaced by frozen turkeys. I looked around only to find two large freezers and a section of the designated poultry area full of more turkeys. As I looked at mountains of turkeys it hit me like a ton of bricks, we are so blessed in this country. Despite the economic woes we still go to our grocery stores which are conveniently located close to home and find them well stocked with everything we need. I do not mean to trvialize the hard times of many in this country. It is not easy to lose a home or a job, but many are very fortunate that this country offers options to those who have fallen upon hard times. We have all grown accustomed to a very high standard of living, and forget that doing without the 50 inch 1080p lcd is not necessarily poverty. I often find myself complaining about wanting new furniture or needing a vacation. Then I read about food riots in third world countries and diseases that threaten the very existence of tribes and people groups, and I am humbled by all that I have been given.
In these times of great uncertainty it is imperative to step back and account for all of the blessings in our lives. All of the stuff we collect is not bad, but without a grateful heart it is just clutter. I have been given a roof above my head, food to feed my children, a job, and family. I am grateful.