thankful: 11.7.12

Today I am thankful because:

1. King Jesus is on the throne. Always.

2. Wednesday night is pizza night with the Sunbury family. I’m thankful to share life with these people, even for a short period of time.

3. Kids that make me smile. Today in the car:
    “Miss Kirsten, are you from North America or South America?”
    “North America,” I reply, “but I’ve been to South America before.” We talked about South America   for a few minutes before one girl in the back seat asked, “So, have you met Will Smith?”

4. I am unfairly blessed. Sometimes, this truth is especially difficult to swallow. Why was I born in the United States to a solid Christian family? Why is it that I have never gone a day of my life for want of food or clean water or acceptable clothing? Why are some born into prosperity and others into destitute poverty? Why is it that I have had every opportunity to tease out the questions and implications of my faith with every resource at my fingertips when thousands of amaZioni pastors are pleading for someone to come and teach them the Word of God? Or, what’s more, what about those who have never heard? Why me and not others?

The truth is, it is unfair. Any goodness, any blessing, anything except hell is unfair. It’s grace.

And so I am challenged to live by these words:

“Give your life away in exchange for many lives, give away your blessings to multiply blessings, give away so that many might increase, and do it all for the love of God.” 
-Ann Voskamp

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