On The Road
Up To Know Good
September 18, 2007
I'm ready to leave soon on another trip. While I love to travel, I'm always amazed at the effort it takes to pack! It's stressful and requires a lot of talking to myself with repetitive phrases like, "Oh, I need to remember such-and-such."
I write lists, collect everything, and then it all must be neatly arranged into a small box with a weight restriction of forty pounds. The actual packing process induces another round of stress and talking out loud to myself.
My husband doesn't like to pack, but he has a much different approach when he travels. He begins by finding the smallest bag in our house. He then fills it with several key items for survival, zips it shut, and says, "I'm done!" (I'm usually about half-way through writing my first list when he makes his triumphant announcement.)
Whether we pack in large or small bags, most of us do tend to require a lot of items to keep us clean and comfortable. From my toothbrush to my socks, it's amazing the number of everyday items I take for granted. I forget not only how much I use, but also to be thankful for all that I have.
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God, I know I often take all of my stuff for granted. I'm sorry. Thanks for my socks and my toothbrush and all that you give me that goes so far beyond what I need! I love you, Lord. Show me where I can share Your generosity with others today. Amen.
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