Live out your God created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. (The Message Bible, 22)
Yesterday, as I looked at my big family getting along and being merry together, I thought to myself,
I am so privileged.
I am not saying this because I think I am better than others or because I think I think I deserve more because of somehow working harder. I do not have time for bootstrapping myths. What I do have time for is to appreciate the good things in my life.
- I have a big extended family that gets along for the most part.
- My family has superb cooks who cook in a way that doesn't upset my stomach.
- We know how to relax.
- Despite my lack of money, my needs are fully taken care of.
- I do not feel judged by my family.
- I feel comfortable around my family.
- I feel comfortable in my own skin.
- I am surrounded by beauty.
- I am safe.
- I am loved.
Now do I always feel comfortable with my family or in my own skin? Of course not! However, life for us is much better than it used to be. Should I hide away in my privilege and pretend that others less fortunate than I don't matter or even exist? The world really is a hard place often times.
No. I am hoping that this vacation will renew me-that I can reflect on the good things I have, the fact that I am loved, and that the world is achingly beautiful. When I get home, I will work even harder to make it this way for everyone. My goal is to share the love I have for the world and the hope that one really can create a life worth in the midst of chaos, for even in heartbreaking chaos, there is a beautiful and logical order behind it.
Blessed be for the universe!