Earlier I went strawberry picking. On my way back home, I can’t help but think that getting and eating strawberries are a privileged I have living here in the US. Back in the Philippines, people would need to travel to Baguio City to see, buy, and taste strawberries because Baguio City is the only place in the Philippines that is ideal for growing strawberries. It requires time and money to see and taste a strawberry.
Many of the things we do and the gifts we have are privileges. It’s important not to take our privileges for granted. Let’s recognize them.
Scripture: Romans 5:1-5 The Message
1-2 By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
3-5 There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
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