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Cereal. We all love cereal. There are “kid” cereals and “adult” cereals—and the truth is adults don’t mind a bowl of Fruit Loops or Captain Crunch now and then, do we? Come on, admit it!
But seriously, when it comes to cereal, do we have amazing choices in America or what?!
You know, I’m not one of those guys who attempts to shame people into feeling thankful for all we have in this country—but I do need to be personally accountable in this area and work on me.
The good news is, I actually felt a little guilty today when I was in the grocery store where I took the photo you see—and saw overflowing abundance in colorful cartons. I asked myself, Am I thankful for all my choices?
Not nearly enough.
A Comparison In Gratitude
My wife and co-author of Raising Accountable Kids, Karen, loves to serve. As a registered nurse, she was a giver. That’s why nurses are nurses—they like to care for people. And she’s good at it. She considers others’ needs more than I do. Karen is also way more generous with something that I hold onto tightly …
Where I might send a check as a donation, she sends herself.
She traveled to the Philippines and painted a school kitchen. Before that, she went to Honduras and helped lay a concrete floor.
A floor? Was it for the Honduran family’s garage so they could park a fine car? Nope. A basketball court in their backyard? Hardly.
It was to live on. To sleep on. To do life on.
You see, a dirt floor had been their only option, their only choice. And when the church missions team turned it to concrete, Karen saw a family express more joy, gratitude, and gratefulness than—to be totally honest with you—I felt walking through that grocery store today.
More Blessings Than One Can Count
I wish I could tell you that when I roamed the supermarket with choices everywhere, my head was spinning from too many blessings to count. But it wasn’t.
That’s what abundance does. Right now, as I type, I am warmed by our furnace, lounging in a comfy chair that sits on wall-to-wall carpeting not far from a fridge full of choices.
But am I thankful? Yes, but not nearly enough.
Personally, I need to open my eyes to what’s around me—recognize how blessed I am—and let my head spin a bit. It would be good for me to get a little dizzy.
I’m going to work on that.
How about you? What are you thankful for?
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