Gratitude is a Matter of Perspective

We picked up a real estate brochure today at the super market.  One of the featured homes was an entire floor of a high rise building on Singer Island, a little up the coast from us.  It was reduced from three million dollars to two-and-a-half million.  Four bedrooms, several baths, and a room for just about any purpose that residents could desire, and yet – The building offers guest suites for visitors, so that they do not have to intrude into the residents’ personal space.  I find that interesting.

Please know that I am not condemning those who choose to live this way.  God loves rich people, too.  I simply can not understand, or identify with, such a life, when there are so many in our world who are grateful simply for a blanket and a corner of the pavement where the wind does not blow.

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Yet, it is easy to be self-righteous and complacent, believing that our minimalist style of living makes us better stewards of what God has given us to share.  The prophet Micah says it this way:  He has showed you what is good, and what the Lord requires of you.  Do justice.  Love mercy.  Walk humbly with God.  (6:8)

No matter how much we may have, or how little, gratitude, fairness, compassion, and a humble spirit are more beautiful than a fortune in the bank, or in the condominium.

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About Rev. Carol Crawford Rowe

Mother of two, Grandmother of six, Widow of two, Sister, Daughter, Friend, Minister and follower of Jesus Christ, Author, Lover of Life, Avid Reader, RN, Nurse Educator and Psychiatric Nurse, Retired Pastor, still in active ministry in the marketplace.
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