Taken for Granted


If you have turned on a TV or radio at all this past week you have seen this young girl’s story. This particular interview from the Daily Show has been all over social media.  So briefly, just incase you missed it, Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for women’s rights and access to education was shot by the Taliban for her activism. In this particular interview she shares how she had decided that her response to the Taliban was going to be peaceful. She wasn’t going to repay violence with violence, and she hoped their children would also be able to get an education. 

This short interview gave me many things to reflect on, but what really struck me was all of the things in life I take for granted. I take education for granted. I take health care for granted. I take my house, food and my family for granted, and I could go on for a while. Malala is the most recent of many heroes across this globe, who Christian or not, live out scripture better than I do.  Everyday Christians are martyred, children are taken into slavery, and families live in fear and extreme poverty.  I can go days, even weeks, without being grateful for what I have.

I shared this story with my kids on the way to school. At 10 and 13, they couldn’t begin to relate to her story or my rant about the things we take for granted. I need to do a better job of living this scripture and teaching my children the value of this scripture. I’m not even sure how to start living this better. Could it be as simple as a reminder that pops up on my phone?

God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes. Psalm 18:20-24
“God, open the eyes of my heart. Allow me to see you and your work in everything around me. It is so easy for me to get stuck in my routines and forget to thank You for all the ways you have provided for me. Thank You for this moment to reflect on Your will and Your way.”
I challenge you, and me, to start a list. Let’s write down all of the things we take for granted. You can start your list here. Family, health, and home, start my list. I would also love to hear your ideas on how to teach my children the value of this scripture. We can do this together.

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