Thursday, October 15, 2009

Count Your Blessings

This happened about a week and a half ago. I cannot seem to get it out of my mind, so I thought I should post it.

I was driving to work, and stopped at a red light. The car in the lane next to me was a big, beautiful Mercedez Benz. I sat there looking at that car and thinking about the person driving it. I was thinking things like “Wow…it must be nice to be able to afford a car like that. This person must really have it made – no money worries or anything.” As I was thinking this, a small face appeared in the window of the backseat – it was the face of a child with Down’s Syndrome.

This hit me like a ton of bricks. I was reminded of something I already knew, which is – you never know what challenges people are facing in their lives. No matter how wonderful everything looks on the outside, we all have difficulties to deal with. I believe God put me at that red light to remind me of this. Perhaps lately I have not been as patient and compassionate as I should be, and I needed a wake-up call. I can tell you this – I got the message.

4 comments:

Dusty Devoe said...

What a great post! We all get so caught up in our own life and crap, we forget there is always someone out there with worse problems. Yes, we should count our blessings daily!!!

Desert Rose said...

I think that the person short $ 100 a month to pay their bills has something in common with the person short $1000 to pay their bills. The pressure and the stress on each is the same!!! Being grateful for what we have...is good advise for us all!

John and Regina Zdravich said...

Desert Rose --- You are so right, and that is part of the lesson I believe I was meant to learn here....the stress is the same no matter the tax bracket when times are tough.....

LJB said...

I love this -- thanks for sharing it. When I find myself thinking envy thoughts about someone else's apparent good fortune, I refocus on gratitude for the wonderful things in my life.