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Sometimes it’s hard to be grateful. Life’s hard. Stress levels skyrocket and things start to get a little crazy. Even when things seem to be going well, that can change in an instant. And when the road’s a little rocky, it can be hard to be grateful.
Having lived in Africa for 2.5 years, my perspective has changed a lot. I find it a lot easier to be grateful than before, because I see many more ways in which I’m blessed. I have a loving, supportive network of friends and family. My house has a sturdy roof and walls. I have many luxuries which I used to take for granted: electricity, internet, a smartphone, running water…
Some days, I fail to see the ways God has blessed me. I don’t notice a beautiful sunrise or an encouraging smile from a stranger. I don’t even think about the overabundance of food on my plate or the fact that I’m blessed enough to own my own car.
Then I take a look at some of the pictures I took in Africa, and I’m reminded. The blessings overwhelm me. I am so grateful the Lord blessed me with the hardships I face while living in Africa, so I can be truly grateful.
If you’re feeling blessed today, consider blessing others. Lisa-Jo is raising funds for a community center in South Africa, to help people like those I lived with while I was in South Africa. Consider making a donation and sharing your blessings with others. They’ll even have a garden! Check it out here!