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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: PERSPECTIVE
The privilege I experience and enjoy has become so much more evident to me in the past several weeks as the world has shut down to prevent further spread of Coronavirus.
I have a warm, spacious home. I have a comfortable bed.
We have hot water.
We’re allowed to go outside.
I still have a job that provides an income.
I enjoy my family, and we all get along well.
We are healthy.
We have plenty of food.
We have a working vehicle to use when I do go out to the store.
If I didn’t have these things, would I still be grateful? Would I complain more, either out loud or in my heart — or both?
Would I still thank God for His goodness, or would I expect more from Him?
I watched a video this week on social media of a woman in South Africa. I don’t know her personally, but I know people who live in houses just like hers. I’ve even bathed with the same buckets she showed in the video. (Try doing that in winter when there’s no indoor heat. It’s cold!)
But as I watched this woman give a tour of her humble home, she radiated joy and gratitude to God. She recounted His faithfulness and told of His constant provision. Then she said something to the effect of, “Even if He doesn’t provide, He is still God. And He is still good.”
Her perspective was so humbling, challenging, and inspiring.
May her infectious gratitude rub off on me.
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There are grunts, and there are pogues.
pogue = POG – person other than grunt
My perspective is limited, and I’m not sorry.
The UN docs at WHO
are working for Beijing,
and that is really why they do
pretty much nothing.
They think that nothing’s broken
and it’s culturally needed
to keep wet markets open,
and let warnings go unheeded.
We should not be vocal;
our mien should be sweet,
because the sacred locals
are hungry for bat meat.
Accept the loss of those you cherish
so that tradition doesn’t perish.
Kate – I always enjoy reading your words. It warms my heart and gives me pause to be more humble as I read your beautiful thoughts. Thank you for sharing your own perspective on things with all of us.
Thanks for reading and for that encouragement, Cathy! Blessings to you!
Wow. I think that when I focus on God and not things, it’s easier to have a grateful perspective. But it’s so easy to get caught up in all the things, isn’t it?