And sometimes, when I'm looking at pictures like this:
A little voice inside reminds me of this:
And when I'm looking at pictures of bigger houses (with more than one bathroom):
I'm reminded of the family I know that has lived in a hotel room for over a year (a family of 7).
When I'm complaining that I can't go out to eat because the budget is tight:
I remember my friends who have met the kids who live at the dump, and find their dinner there:
And I am reminded of the verses that say:
"7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction." I Timothy 6:7-9
"11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." Philippians 4:11-12
I am reminded to be careful that I stay thankful, and that I stay content. So today I encourage you - whatever that thing is that you've been wanting so badly, find a way to love it and be thankful for it. That includes me. And my old refrigerator, and my house with one bathroom. What will you give thanks for today?