Monday Musings – September 6, 2016

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a great Monday and are rested and raring to go on this first day after Labor Day!

This was always the first day of school for me (and also for our three children), so this day comes with many memories.  I remember new school clothes, laid carefully on the floor the night before.  Someone seeing those might think the rapture had indeed happened!

All I have for today are a few random thoughts.  Thanks to Jean Holland for sharing these with me:

If you woke up this morning in reasonably good health, you are more fortunate than a million people in the world who will not live through the week.

If you are not experiencing the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, or the agony of starvation, you are better off than 500 million people.

If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault you or attempt to kill you, you are luckier than 3 billion (not million, billion) people.

If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.

If you have money in the bank (or wherever you keep your money), you are among the 8 in 100 most privileged in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married to each other, you are indeed a rare individual.

If you have read this far, that means you are not one of the 2 billion in the world who cannot read.

So what should all this mean to you?    

WORK, like you don’t need the money.

LOVE, like nobody has ever hurt you.

DANCE, like nobody’s watching.

SING, like nobody’s listening.

LIVE, like this is paradise on earth.

because it really is.


In Christ, John