Sunday, January 13, 2013
Today is Day 7. I woke up this morning and met my family at church. I always enjoy going to church and afterwards I always seem to have a happy, positive day. At the end of each service, there is a time for anouncements from the congergation. Usually it is just a few things about upcoming events. Today, something really made me think. One of the families from our church, a mom, dad, and 4 year old boy, stood up and made an announcement that they needed a ride sometime this week to the local foodpantry. This family has been struggling for a while. A few months back the husband lost his job and the wife only works 2 days a week as a cashier at a local supermarket. He had an interview a few weeks back, but it didn't end up working out. The wife looked like she was going to cry and felt horrible and embarassed to ask for help. But if you can't ask your biological family or church family, who can you turn to? Of course many people came up to them after church and offered them a ride and help in other ways. It just really hit me.
I guess what I am trying to get at is that someone always has it worse out than you. I feel terrible grumbling about silly things like small money issues, weight loss, or maybe not being about to buy lots of new things all the time. Other people are worrying about eating, transportation, and staying warm during these cold Chicago winter months.
I like to think of myself as a positive person. I really am for the most part. I don't complain too much and realize that I am a very lucky person to have a good job, wonderful family and friends, and no MAJOR issues at this time. I am very greatful for what I have and thank God everyday for it. This is something I will be keeping in my mind next time I feel sorry for myself about something insignificant.
I know good things will come for this family. It is just a bump in the road for them, and soon things will be back to normal. I will just continue to pray and help them in anyway I can as well as be greatful for what I have and try to keep a positive outlook on things.