Let me ask you a question. How blessed are you?
I’m definitely not proud to say that I have at times taken my mom’s home cook lunch for granted. Just earlier today when I was having lunch with my college mates, one of them blurted out, “You’re so lucky your mom wakes up early to cook lunch for you.” I was stunned for a moment, not knowing what to say. I felt something I never had before. I never really understood why people always say that home cook food is the best. Now I’m starting to realize why. How blessed am I to have a mom that prepares amazing meals for me to bring to school so I don’t have to queue in the overcrowded cafeteria.
Yesterday afternoon, my family and I attended a play held in a community hall in the leprosarium in Sungai Buloh. The play portrayed the history of the settlement and the difficult journey and stigma the patients faced there. Sadness and compassion filled my heart as I watched the actors act out true stories of the survivors. Again, I was overwhelmed with how blessed I am.
Chinese New Year last week would not be complete without a family reunion dinner. Sitting at the table, I saw my extended family members eating happily together. Every year without fail, relatives scattered overseas would gather for a reunion dinner. How blessed I am to have a loving, bonded family.
Blessings, which can be very big or very small, are still blessing all the same. Very often, many of us tend to take these little things in life for granted. Our sufferings seem to overshadow everything, don’t they? Academic pressure, broken relationships, broken friendships, death, disappointments, failure. However, in reality, the amount of hardships we have are minimal compared to blessings. God showers us with blessings every single day. Waking up every day is a blessing itself, and most of us have been provided with more than what we need. In some parts of the world, education is considered a luxury, but for most of us, education is part of our basic needs. Blessings are literally everywhere in our lives. “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
Try writing down every single blessing every day, and you’ll know how blessed a child of God you are.
Jane Ong (17) is a staff writer at TPS Chapel.