Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Taking What Is For Granted

Have you ever noticed that we tend to take advantage of things?

When we go to bed at night, we take for granted that our alarm will wake us up. When we leave in the morning, we take for granted that our car will start. When we drive to work, we take for granted that no one will hit us and everyone will follow the rules of the road.

Daily, we take tons of stuff for granted.

Have you ever noticed that you take your body for granted, too?

A lot of us probably put undue pressures on our bodies to perform - lose sleep, always on the go, eating less than nutritional foods to fuel our bodies. The list goes on and on.

But what happens when we're sick?

The whole world stops.

At least mine does.

Well, not really. I'm still a mom. Still a wife. Still a para pro. But I feel like I want my world to stop. And I usually bemoan my health when it's less than stellar. Did I say thank you for every day that my body was healthy? No, I did not.

But I'm thinking that once I get better, I might start thanking God every day for my health. After all, even when I'm sick with a cold, I'm still healthier than a lot of people out there. My four students for starters . Although one of my students is sick right along with me - he doesn't know why and he can't rise above how he feels to do work, so he really feels bad).

Next time you'll feeling pukey, I challenge you to thank God for all you can do and that your health problems aren't as severe as others'.

Until next time...