This morning a group of men from our church went to our local community outreach program to help underprivileged kids with clothes and school supplies.
The ministry we worked with had a "store" with all new clothes for the kids....new shoes, new pants, new shirts/blouses and new backpacks. Our job was to help the families shop for two outfits, shoes and a backpack.
I watched. I watched children excited to get new shoes, to try on new pants, to pick cute tops. I watched little girls smiling as they chose the tops they wanted.
I felt ashamed. Ashamed that I have so much and they have so little. Ashamed that a new shirt is nothing to me, but as I watched these children it was as if they just got the best gift ever!
I was humbled. Humbled to realize how blessed I really am and how little I appreciate it. I'm humbled at the great provision of a big God and my sad lack of gratitude.
I'll never forget the excitement of one of the little 4 grade girls I helped. She was excited! She couldn't believe it...new shoes, new pants, tops, a backpack. It was glorious for her. What a day she had.
And I watched her humbled.
Lord, thank you for all you have done. Forgive my thankless heart. Don't let me forget the joy of that little girl grateful for so little while I grumble about so much.
Thank you for the eyes to see what's really important through this little girl's example.