Unwrapping this Life….

I wake up every morning from my nice comfy bed….with my a/c in the summer and heat in the winter.  I get in my shower with hot, clean running water, then dry my hair with a hair dryer that is sustained by electricity….and turns on with the simplest flick of a switch. I get dressed in one of the many outfits that line my closet….outfits for summer, fall, winter and spring.  I eat a tasty breakfast….cereal, bread, fruit, pancakes, waffles….then I get in my car to go to work….work that sustains us….I am paid well for what I do…. My girls day starts the same way…only they go to school that they don’t have to walk miles to…they have shoes…..frilly outfits and styling products for their hair.  They don’t have to worry about having the money to pay for school…they get to go whether we have it or not.  My husband’s morning looks the same (minus the hair drying of course)….and he drives our second car off to work….work that supports our family.  We all bring healthy lunches to school, drink as much water as we want through out the day and have warm hot meals for dinner….different ones each night.  My husband and I love coffee…so we stop and get one when we want to….if my girls “need” a new shirt, hair thing, or supply for school….we go get it….without much of a second thought….we go on vacation, out to eat, to the zoo….my girls take dance lessons…..we have so much…….

This list really only gives a brief picture into the life that we live…..and I am so grateful…..God has given us so much…but it is almost an uncomfortable grateful!  Why have I been given so much…why does two thirds of the world live with so little….why was I born here….and why were they born there??? 

What do I do with knowing that so many will go to sleep tonight at the same time as I will.. (time zones considered of course)…with no beds, a/c, or water to brush their teeth with.  It is truly a constant internal struggle in my life…one that has me indulging my every whim with a smug attitude that I deserve these things one minue…..to wanting to sell it all and move to some hut somewhere the next!  How do I live with the weight of what we have, and use it responsibly to be about God’s business???? …How do I  help provide for those that don’t have the gift of being born where I was born…..what do I do with what I know about life in Ethiopia…Cuba…the Sudan…India…..Uganda….Ecuador….and most of the world????  How do I praise God for all He has given me….while not building my treasure here, pursuing more….and trying to keep up with the Jones’s.

So today I am unwrapping the gift of responsibility…knowing what I have….and the struggle that comes with that knowing….and knowing that God will somehow use that struggle to conform me more into His likeness….and hopefully use me as a thread in His tapestry of eternity!!!

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  • Reply Kimmie

    We truly are blessed, may our hearts never forget it and may our lives show evidence of our gratefulness for it.

    Nice to meet you!

    May God be your provision and beyond for your adoption…;-)We have seen and lived His absolute faithfulness over and over again…

    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

    September 14, 2010 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Between You and Me

    love this heart that God has given to you!

    grateful for what you have but aware that most of the world lives nothing like we do….

    I’m visiting from Chatting at the Sky….glad I clicked on your family’s beautiful picture!

    September 14, 2010 at 11:45 am
  • Reply kendal

    Thanks for the reminder of blessings today. And thanks for stopping by my blog.

    September 14, 2010 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Brantley and Richard

    Such a beautiful picture of what God has created! We are blessed beyond all measure and I am truly thankful to have been born here. I, too, struggle with the same thoughts… some days waking up wondering if I should just sell it all and move across this great ocean! Crazy how God is working on our hearts. Maybe He is trying to tell us something. Take care!

    September 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Mrs. Sojourner

    What a great reminder of the resposibility we have. I struggle daily surrounded by so many in need while I have so much. I continually pray for His wisdom in how He can use me (and all that He has given me) to make an impact for His glory.

    September 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Hi there! I’m new here, but I couldn’t help but comment as I posted something along the lines of those with less and how much I have as well. Stuff really can be a struggle can’t it? I find it’s a hard road sometimes in being grateful for my abundance and not being consumed by it!

    September 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Oh! And your girls…they are beautiful :)

    September 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama

    Absolutely love and agree with the sentiment you are expressing…I often feel the same way. You have a beautiful family!

    September 15, 2010 at 12:46 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Studio JRU

    We are so very blessed. It is too easy to take things for granted. But with God’s guidance we can do good with the blessings we have been given. :) Wonderful post!

    September 15, 2010 at 2:55 am
  • Reply ananchorage

    I’ve always struggled with the idea that people have things/lives because of God’s blessing. That would have to mean that others are not blessed by God, which I can’t accept.

    My mom always said, “There but for the grace of God, go I.” and I always wondered why God didn’t have much Grace for them?

    50+ years later, I’m still struggling with the concept. I think maybe sometimes we have “less” of other gifts, because we have so much comfort here.


    September 15, 2010 at 7:28 am
  • Reply keLi

    It’s so hard … seeing the faces of those living in extreme poverty. But I love something that Ann Voskamp said on her blog this week, after visiting Guatemala with Compassion. She asked who really lived in true poverty — those on a trash heap in shanty towns who give all to Christ, or those who live here in such comfort that we don’t *need* Christ?

    It was so convicting, so thought-provoking for me — and since you posted along those same lines, I thought I’d share… :)

    September 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm
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