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2013…my one word

My one word for 2013 was a no brainer this year.

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I’m still totally inspired by the life changing book, One thousand gifts.
Noticing ways to give thanks instead of ways to complain is a total game changer.

When our kitchen is a total mess and the crazy white girl inside of me wants to come out, I am reminded, at least we have a kitchen, with food and dishes to make such a mess.

When I think we don’t have enough money, I am reminded: If you make $33,500 a year, you are among the richest 5% in the world. (source)

When I’m tired from a long day, I am reminded of the blessing of an able body and mind.

During the mist of this realization, days after the school shooting in Connecticut I posted this to Facebook:

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The kids are coloring each other with marker and their bedroom looks like the closet threw up. But before they drive me nuts I think of all the mamas in newtown that would do anything to have their kids drive them nuts today. #perspective #newtown

I am no thankful expert but learning little by little, I have more blessings than 10 people put together.

There are things to be thankful for and complain about in everyday, it just depends on what we are looking for.

What are you thankful for today?

Do you have a “one word” for 2013?

Rich People problems

US and Canada represent 5% of the world’s population but almost 30% of the world’s wealth.  Africa is home to double the world’s population yet only 1.5% of the world’s wealth. (source)

Yet when polled, 98% of American’s considered themselves NOT rich. 

Rich is a moving target one that apparently only 2% of Americans (the richest countries in the world) feel they ever reach. 

If you were to ask me if I were rich I would have said no…but I think I had a perspective problem. 

From Craig Groeschel’s book “weird” he met a young man who heard “stories” of rich people that lived like this:

“There are some people who are so rich, they own a car!  I think it’s only 3 to 5% of people in the world so not many, but some people are so rich, they own TWO cars!  Some of these people even have a house for their cars!  It’s called a garage, …then they get in their cars and they eat at restaurants, they are so rich they pay other people to make their food and serve it to them!…Some of these people are so rich they have special rooms in their home just for their clothes!  Nobody sleeps in there, only clothes on hangers and shelves like a store.  Some are so rich they have a closet for the man and for the woman.  Clothes for hot weather, cold weather, some for work, some for church.  It’s crazy! “

What’s crazy is how blind I have been to how MUCH I have compared to how little so many others have. 

What’s crazy is how I sit here in my comfy pajamas and type on my computer, the hum of the TV in the background, a full belly, and pretend I don’t have it made!!

I am realizing how BLESSED I am and thinking twice before I complain about ANYTHING.   I am shifting more toward living in gratitude instead of want. 

Here are some things I could be prone to complain about lately:

  •  I backed my husband’s car (because we have two cars) into the side of the garage (because we have a garage).
  • I can’t decide what to wear because I have so many choices! 
  • And my house could use another de-cluttering.  Because we can afford “clutter.”

 

 

I will take these “problems” any day over not knowing where I will sleep or if I will eat tonight.


Check out Rich Word Problems.  It’s a blog dedicated to all the humors stuff we complain about like:

  • I lost my phone and it’s on silent
  • I just updated my status with important news, one hour later, no comments. 
  • My computer is operating at least 1 second slower that it did yesterday.   
  • I just got used to the old facebook and then they changed it again!

Let’s encourage each other to live in gratitude and laugh at all of our “rich people problems.”

We have a LOT to be thankful for.

What is something silly you have complained about lately?  

What does God look like?

We all have different images in our head of what God looks like.  I used to picture God as an old man with a long beard throwing lightning bolts.  Anybody else with me on this one? 

But then I read his love story to us, the bible, and I read, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:12

“God is LOVE” is mentioned in one form or another 48 times in the bible.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.  If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth 1John 3:16-18

We recently had a family DONATE A CAR to another member of our church.  It was an anonymous donation and they didn’t receive any form of payment or recognition.  In this I see what God’s economy should look like.  When Christians share their resources. 

I am privileged to be friends with a family who just went on an overseas mission trip.  They worked in an orphanage in Haiti, they fell so in love with an 8 year old little girl they are currently seeing lawyers, and saving up money to adopt this little girl into their family.  In this I see God’s love for ALL children. 

I read about this couple who walked through infidelity and a marriage falling apart.  After viewing the passion of the Christ the husband said, “How could I not forgive her, when I have been forgiven of so much?”  They are now doing well and blog about their journey.  In this I see God’s forgiveness of all my wrongs. 

A family that has been kind enough toshare their story in this place, grew tired of spending all their time keeping up with the status quo.  They sold all of their belongings and travel the country in their new home, a RV.  Their sole purpose is to minister to people and spread love.  In this I see God loves people much more than stuff. 

If Jesus is all he claims to be then we loose NOTHING when we give it all away. 

I don’t know what God looks like, but I get a pretty good idea when I see his people, created in HIS image, BE the body of Christ.  Working, serving, giving, and sharing not for their benefit, but because the Jesus they serve would have done the same thing. 

Share your thoughts.  How have you seen God lately? 

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