Wow... I finally got my internet up and running yesterday morning... It actually went down the end of June and that means I was nearly an entire month without any internet! Crazy!!!!
Okay, I wasn't entirely without... I did manage it check it a couple of times at my daughter's home, and then I did check it a couple of times at VBS when I wasn't busy... but still... no emails on a daily basis... no blogs... no research on important topics!!!! And you know... while I was feeling very "left out of the loop", I was also reminded that life will go on without all of the "frills"!
At our bible study on Tuesday my husband, Mickey, commented that we were "spoiled"... oh... not the kind of spoiled that says " see that new car... I'm gonna go buy it " ( some may fit there.... hmmmm) but the kind of spoiled that says "gotta have air comditioning" or "gotta drive through McDonald's... I gotta have that Big Mac" or maybe even "Wow... I had a shower this morning, but I'd just really like to have another one this evening since it felt so good!"
Having recently returned from a Mission Trip to the DR he has taken on a whole new outlook on life, and I must admit (somewhat begrudingly, as I LIKE my AC!) that he is right about our "spoiled" lives. There are so many people who have so little (and they aren't ALL in the DR!) and while there are those doing without who feel that they are "owed" more, there are many who are just plain thankful for what they have. They are the ones who are living their lives day to day, praising God for what they have instead of grumbling about what they lack.
The Israelites were huge grumblers when they left Egypt with Moses. They were free... finally... and all they could do was complain... no food (God sent Manna and quail - 40 years worth! ), no water.... (God gave them water from a stone) and I am sure that the list went on and on... can't you just imagine? I'm too hot... I'm too cold... in Egypt I had a REAL house... in Egypt we had little but at least we had (fill in the blank)... And all the while God was STILL providing them with all they needed... and yet they complained....
Sound familiar? Kind of sad isn't it that human's haven't changed much in all these years? And you know what... God just wanted a relationship with them... he just wanted them to say "thanks" and to praise him for all that he gave... and they failed over and over and over again. Just like we do.
I am sure that most of us thank God for the BIG stuff, but what about the small stuff? Your home? Your car? Still thinking too big? How about your food? Your water? How about the very air that you breath? Or the fact that you are able to just get up in the morning?
Guess it is time to begin living our lives for God instead of the world and stop grumbling about all that we don't have and start giving praises for all that we have been blessed with... ALL things... (even my fully restored internet) are gifts from God.