Saturday, October 24, 2009

What Do YOU Take for Granted?

Job? Family? Health? Faith? Maybe your relationships? Maybe money? Basics like clean air, water, heating and air conditioning? Garbage pickup? Plumbing? Freedom? Working traffic lights? Pilots and airplanes? Electricity? Your future? We could go on and on.... There are a myriad of things that we take for granted!

I started thinking about this on Wednesday evening of this week.... specifically after I returned home from work and changed into my favorite jeans - or at least tried to... As I bent over to put my left leg into the corresponding pant leg, my lower back "tweaked", "went out", "stopped functioning", hurt badly"!! What in the world is this!? Why did this happen?

Trust me, I take for granted the act of "putting on jeans". Even more so, I take for granted the "functioning of my back". It's been over three days now, and my back is still only about 70% where it should be. Of course I can still walk around, albeit more like a "Tim Conway shuffle", but it's not pretty. I look like I'm about 25 years older than I really am. (No jokes here...)

I always forget how crucial my back is in regards to many other functions. For example: sitting down & getting up, rolling over in bed, sneezing, blowing your nose, bending over to do anything, even standing... I have definitely taken my back for granted... no doubt about it. The constant, nagging pain has reminded me that I do, indeed, take many things for granted. It will return to normal in a few more days, but what am I supposed to learn from this?

Maybe it's God's way of reminding me that I need to appreciate more.... maybe think about the small, yet very significant things in my life that I often overlook. Maybe there are some deep hidden lessons that I need to learn from this temporary inconvenience. I know that many people around the world are far more inconvenienced than we Americans are, but I also know that we take many aspects of our lives for granted. Maybe we should all hit the pause button, sit down for a while, and make a long list of everything we take for granted..... I'm certainly going to do it - but I think I'll "stand"....


  1. You're right. We take way too many things for granted. We need to appreciate the things we have. Thanks for reminding us!

  2. Jim:
    Praying for your healing.
    Thanks for your leadership.