It takes Grace and Gratefulness to live LoGOFF or Local*, Green*, Organic*, Fair* and Free*. And NYCUP Alumni, Kevin Thomas gets it! Check out this classic post from him!
"You need some buttons, a facebook page, a video, a t-shirt and some stickers to fight slavery for a few weeks. You need a grateful heart and God’s grace to live in freedom the rest of your life and to lead other people there."
Kevin Thomas, InterVarsity Alum at Stony Brook University, NYCUP Spring Break 2012, and all around great guy writes below about being grateful.
“How would you react if you woke up tomorrow morning with only the things you were thankful for?”
It’s never enough. We want more. If it’s the new tech gadget or latest fall fashion, there’s always something we don’t have that we need, but don’t really need when we have it. We suffer from affluenza—the disease of wanting more “stuff”—perpetuated by clever marketing tactics to convince that what we have isn’t good enough.
We live in a culture of ungratefulness.
It was in jail that the apostle Paul penned the words, “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” He wasn’t talking about passing an exam or winning a football game, either. He was jailed, having nothing and no one around him, under the watch of jailers who had no obligation to feed or care for him. How did he do it? What was his secret? Paul said, “I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything…whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
How can we transform a culture oversaturated with “stuff” into one that is content? Contentment starts with being grateful for the things you already have. It’s a choice that Paul chose to make and one that we can make today. We choose to be grateful or ungrateful for the things we own, especially in light of how the rest of the world lives. With an annual income $20,000 here in America, you are in the top 4% of the richest people in the world. It would take the average laborer in Indonesia 26 years to make the same amount. It’s not bad to own things, but it’s bad when we’re constantly chasing for more without realizing the blessings we’ve already been given.
The challenge for us has two parts: one is to look at what we already own and thank the heavenly Father for what He’s already given. Much of our faith is about reflecting on what He’s already done for us. The second challenge is to ask yourself this question the next time you make any purchase for more “stuff” to own: will it be a toy, or a tool?”
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