Tuesday, November 6, 2012

giving thanks: luxury and need


“It takes more than bread to stay alive. 
It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”
Matthew 4:4 - The Message

My Instagram post for a luxury yesterday morning was initially the view from my tiny porch.  No matter how often I've moved - and it has been more often than I'd like here lately, I have always been blessed with a view of some sort that reveals beauty to me in some way.

That said, as the morning progressed, I unexpectedly ended up spending the day at home with Parker who was a little under the weather.

The day made me so thankful for the years I had the privilege of being a full time mommy.  I am so thankful that I was there for their first smiles, those first words, those first steps.  . I'm thankful for the years I spent working part time that continued to afford precious time with them - and as they began school, working part-time allowed me the time to finish my degree.

Yesterday ended with me being thankful for all of those things - and thankful that I had a job to return to today.  I'm thankful that I don't have to worry about how I am going to make the rent, the utilities, that student loan payment, or the ends meet ...

In day to day life it is so easy to lose sight of the millions upon millions who do not have the same luxury.

Here in the middle of this gratitude thing, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Chores transform to privilege, and employment to luxury.

Today, the photo challenge at Middle Places was simply a "need".  This came easy.  In a world where the lines are so often blurred between need and want, I know there is one thing that I could not live without.  And it's His word.  Alive and active. Sharper than any two edged sword.  It is the very thing that breathes life into my weary soul each and every day.  If everything I own and hold dear in this world - both the luxuries and the things I think I need -  were suddenly stripped away, His word would be the one and only thing that I clung to.

Ultimately, His word is our greatest luxury - and our greatest need, too.

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