Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Remembering What's Important

What color should I paint the wall? What kind of couch would I like to have? Daybed or just one of those aerobed things for guests? What kind of snack should I pack my preschooler? Will I ever have a day without a poopy child? What pair of jeans should I wear? To do laundry or not to do it? Will I ever get full mobility back in my shoulder? Should I bike or run? Neutral colored paint or olive green on the entertainment center?
All these choices, questions and dilemmas! It can get stressful and I have my days where I feel totally overwhelmed. But you know what, most of my problems aren't really that important. It's lovely to have nice things and to be able to do things to our house, we're truly blessed. But there are others out there with so much less. I've seen a family live in a house made of cardboard that was smaller than my bathroom.
We went on a mission trip to Bogota, Colombia to help out at the Children's Vision International orphanage way back in 2003. It was a remarkable and unforgettable experience. We saw families displayed by guerrillas, living on a mountain side with homes made of leftovers. We visited a family of 8 living in a house the size of my bedroom. These mothers didn't whine or complain about their situation. They were happy to have a place and to have their family.

I've seen an orphan delighted to receive one new hot wheels car as if it was the most precious thing he ever received. My child has nearly a hundred cars.

I saw children share their joy and love with a complete stranger who came to help them. Most of these children have experienced more in their short lives than I will ever experience in mine. And they are still smiling. Do you have hope and a reason to smile?

I'm going to do my best to share what I have. I have less than some, but more than others. I will be grateful for what I have been given. I'm going to continue to teach my kids to be grateful. No matter your situation, I hope you find one thing today that makes you smile, something that gives you hope. The picture of Biker Boy with the little boy above makes me smile. I knew looking at that picture that he would be a great Daddy someday....and he is. I am so grateful for the relationships I have in my life. What are you grateful for?

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