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I Had No Idea

Waylon Prendergast, 37, of Tampa, Florida, committed a spur-of-the-moment robbery while on his way home from a late night drinking binge. A very drunk Mr. Prendergast forced his way into a house through an open upstairs window, filling a suitcase with cash and valuables before setting the living room on fire to cover his tracks. He then escaped through the back door and made his way home, chuckling all the way. Only as he turned the corner into his own street, however, and discovered three fire trucks outside his house, did he realize that in his drunken stupor he had, in fact, burglarized and ignited his own house. His only comment was, "I had no idea I had so many valuable possessions."

While we may not do anything quite that stupid (at least nothing that makes national headlines), there are many times when Christians need to stop and reflect, coming to the same conclusion Mr. Prendergast did: "I had no idea I had so many valuable possessions."

From family and friends to material comforts (like electricity and running water), from our basic needs (like food) to luxuries other generations never dreamed of (like cell phones and computers), from the freedoms we enjoy to the jobs we hold, there is much that we have been blessed with that we take for granted.

Even beyond the physical blessings, there is so much that God has given us through Jesus Christ. As Paul wrote, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. " (Eph. 1:3)

Truly, I had no idea I had .so many valuable possessions. "God, forgive me for taking so much of it for granted!"

For His Cause,
Ti m Woodward