My wife, Karen, and I’ve never known anyone whose home burned to the ground.
Due to the Camp Fire in northern California last Friday, some family members lost their house in what is now an oxymoron:
Paradise, California. 😥
A brand new house just built in 2017 … gone. Our photo above tells the story.
The Rich Family Named Gallagher
Josh and Erin Gallagher—California residents for only 90 days pre-fire—lost “everything” in terms of stuff. The house, a car, furniture, clothing, toys, and treasured trophies from their past.
Yet, because they have their priorities straight and possess accountable QBQ! attitudes, they know they lost nothing—absolutely nothing—of real value.
You see, this thirtysomething couple—a pastor, his wife, and 3 children—are healthy and well. Smartly, they got out in time. Tragically, some Paradise people did not.
And, as we all know, people matter most. It won’t be easy to sift through the ashes—there will be tears, anger, and a “Why us!?” or two—but the Gallaghers will be okay. Mostly because they’re wise folks; they know how blessed they are.
You Are (Most Likely) “Rich”
Do I know how blessed I am? Do you?
According to the Global Rich List website, if you earn the United States median annual income of $59,039, you are here in terms of riches:
Pretty amazing, eh? Isn’t it great to feel rich? To be rich?
Tally Those Blessings
One way to know we’re rich is to count our blessings—especially as we approach Thanksgiving in the U.S.
Since I have the keyboard, I’ll go first. The blessings that make me rich:
- Karen, my wife since 1980, wise, strong—and still with me. 😉
- Seven kids, ages 20 to 36, all healthy and well.
- Ten grandkids—6 boys, 4 girls. Round #2 of diapers for us!
- A 32-year career in speaking/training that’s never felt like “work.”
- Good health at 60: strong heart, low blood pressure, and terrific cholesterol in spite of 3 eggs/day. Eggs = God’s candy!
- Colorado sunshine 300+ days/year. The inverse of where Karen and I grew up in Ithaca, NY. AKA, Cloud Central or Seattle East.
- A Christian faith to sustain me and provide certainty in where I’m going when this healthy body finally gives out.
What’s NOT on the List
Wait … as I re-read my own list, I realize what is not on it:
No iPhone X, La-Z-Boy couches, Pottery Barn dining table, Sony 60″ flatscreen, or Toyota Tacoma. Yes, we have that stuff—and we’re thankful for it—but that stuff doesn’t make the list.
Our list of blessings is sans-stuff, just as the California Gallagher’s list is. At the top of their blessings list are two beautiful daughters and a perfect little boy—and each other. Post-fire, all alive and well.
It’s these blessings that make them “rich.”
What blessings make you rich? Share your list!