For the last week and a half I’ve been participating in Christian Aid’s Count Your Blessings Lent challenge. Here’s their little blurb:
Lent is a time for taking stock and reflecting. People often challenge themselves to give things up for Lent, but this year we’d like to take up the habit of gratitude for the ways in which we’re blessed.
Each day we’ll share a challenge, something to take a photo of and share on your Instagram feed, or an invitation to reflect and hear the stories of our sisters and brothers in Kenya and Nigeria.
Today we’ve been challenged to reflect on the journey so far. I have to say it’s been an eye opener – some days I find myself having a melt down over things that I’d class as “first world struggles” and then I look to the challenge for the day and I wind my neck in! It’s so important to find a little perspective in order to realise how blessed we are to have the provisions and freedoms that so many others do without.
It’s quite fitting that we had visitors at our church this morning from the SONshine Club Kenya Project who shared with us the wonderful projects they’ve set up and how they spend the money they raise. The kids were totally fascinated by a demonstration on how a new water filter can really change lives and I have to admit it has really given me an urge to step up and do more for people in need that simply don’t have the basic supplies that we take for granted.
But probably more importantly this challenge has made me realise how in every day there is something to be thankful for – even when some days are harder than others. Just as I was typing this post my big blue eyed princess started belting out this wee tune – she’s been singing it a lot lately but the lyrics have only just sunk in to my brain and made me realise just how special those words are…
If I were a butterfly
I’d thank you Lord for giving me wings
If I were a robin in a tree
I’d thank you Lord that I could sing
If I were a fish in the sea
I’d wiggle my tail and I’d giggle with glee
But I just thank you Father for making me, me
For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile
You gave me Jesus and you made me your child
And I just thank you Father for making me, me.
There is always something to be thankful for – we just have to be willing to find it!
“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (THE MSG)