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We arise in the morning, jump in the shower, pop a slice of bread in the toaster, turn on the coffee maker, pick up the newspaper outside our front door, boot up the computer to check our e-mail. Plan A is in place!

Later we jump into our car and speed off to work. Everything we need is waiting for us: an elevator to take us to the designated floor with just a push of a button, a desk and chair, overhead lights, a fax and phone, a copy machine so we can duplicate whatever work we turn out that day.

On the way home we might stop at the gym, lift weights, ride the stationary bicycle, sweat in the sauna, cool down in the shower. We drop by the supermarket and pluck our favorite foods off the shelves and out of the freezer.

We dash home, grab a pot and pan or pop a prepared dinner into the microwave, then flip on the TV to watch the news or a sitcom. Or maybe we listen to a classical CD and plop down by the fireplace with a satisfying book. Then we’re off to bed. It feels good to settle down on a comfortable mattress with a fluffy quilt to warm us. Just think! An entire day filled with comforts and conveniences.

I don’t know about you but I often take much of this for granted.

But sometimes the very items that make my life easier can also be my undoing. Instead of inspiring gratitude, they stir up irritation. They require assembly and maintenance, training and practice, and eventually repair and replacement. I’m annoyed.  Sometimes I become so dependent on these gifts of technology that I lose sight of the Giver.

Today it’s time for Plan B.

Whether at a keyboard or an ironing board, lifting weights or tilling the soil, I want to remain aware of the One who made them all possible. Then my natural response will be one of praise and thanks for every good thing.

He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat. —Psalm 147:14

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Being Grateful for What We Take for Granted — 10 Comments

  1. Another good one, Karen.
    I just posted a blog on Autumn Arrivals on my site. You might enjoy it. Also another review of my memoir. Stay well.

    • Marie, I didn’t realize you had a blog. I just visited it. I wanted to sign up for notices but didn’t see a place to do so. I left a comment. Thank you for enjoying my reflections.

  2. Lovely piece, Karen, reminding me to open my eyes more to the Giver. I love your down-to-earth perspective, a deeper look into the everyday. Keep writing!

    • Thank you for the encouragement, Michele. We seem to be offering such words to one another as we each reflect on the everyday and how God is in all of it.

  3. How true, Karen. We take everything for granted. I know I do. I don’t dwell on any convenience before using it. As long as we don’t take God and His blessings for granted. Lord, help me not to and please forgive me if I do. Thanks for the wake up call, Karen. GBY.

  4. This is good Karen. God will however, get our att. sooner or later. It may be when we are in a bind and need His wisdom or supernatural intervention.

  5. For many years now my motto has been :”Change your attitude, express more gratitude” ! I thought of it while cleaning house when I really did not want to vacuum! I started thanking God that I had a house to clean, the good health to do the work, the new vacuum cleaner, etc.! Then I learned to express gratitude for the things I did NOT have that I DID NOT WANt : I did not want to be diabetic, loose my ability to think, lose the use of my hands,~~well, you get the picture !> a granteful heart is a thankful heart.
    thanks for the reminder, margaret

    • Great comment, Margaret. Charles and I agree with you about gratitude. There is so much to be grateful for–even when we’re doing chores we don’t particularly like. At least we are alive and well enough to do them and that alone is worthy of praising God.

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