Being Grateful for Life
And Jesus said unto them, “I am the bread of life. He that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)
Just the other day, I asked myself, “What makes Canada so special?” I considered this question important because sometimes we get so caught up in the daily grind of life that we forget to be thankful for the enormous privileges we enjoy every day. Certainly, living in Canada makes each and every one of us the most fortunate people in the world. Even when we are just earning a living and making only minimum wage puts us in the top 10 percent of wage earners in the world. What an enormous privilege.
Further, we can go to the supermarket and for a reasonable cost (coupled with some smart budgeting) we can enjoy a more bountiful supply of food choices than was ever set before any of our predecessors. In fact, there was a time when owning a car was a rare and exciting thing — not to mention very expensive. Decades later, almost everybody and anybody owns their own car. Don’t believe me? Just look at the student parking lot in most high schools.
When I was in high school,I didn’t even dream about owning my own car. Why not? Because my parents didn’t have a car so I learned how to live without. Since those family days, I have worked hard to own many cars — not all at once — and at one point, even a motorbike and tractor trailer at the same time. Right now, I am currently the owner (well to be honest me and the bank) of a beautiful, or at least a good looking GMC cube van,and co-owner of a lovely navy blue Santa-Fe. I mean, that’s what my wife tells me when it’s broken down. Anyway,I digress.
My point is this. Whether we own a car or not, we should appreciate that life is precious. I can say this because I see the trials and tribulations that people face in my day to day. Part of my duties as a courier driver is to deliver cancer medications to people who suffer from this terrible disease. Most of the customers I’ve had are older. This past week, however, I met a new customer — a beautiful young lady, probably, at most 16 or 17 years of age. What a sad thing for someone just starting out in life to have to face such a battle. Now don’t get wrong. It is sad for anyone to suffer through this terrible scourge but it is especially sad to see it in a young person. It just goes to show that we must never take anything for granted in this life. Every breath matters.
Indeed, each and every day is a blessing from our Lord and Saviour. He knows the number of hairs on our head. He knows what is in our hearts. He knows the difficulties and struggles we experience in life whereby just having a dollar in our pocket, a warm place to lay our head and a meal on our plate is most appreciated. Because of this, we should never forget that life is precious. Living in a western nation like Canada just reinforces the point that we need to always be thankful for what we have — even when life isn’t going so well. Why?
There are several reasons for this. First, even in our darkest, most difficult moments we still live in the top 10% of the world’s wage earners. Second, we can know that Jesus still heals — even in cancer. Third and more importantly, we can be forever grateful because as believers in Jesus the Christ by faith, we are the sons and daughters of the Most High … and as a consequence, we can delight in the knowledge that in Jesus the Christ who died on a cross for you and I, we will never be forgotten. Praise Jesus today. Expect a miracle. And thank Him for His goodness and grace that surpasses all human understanding.