I've been honored to eat unwashed strawberries with dirt visible on them - it was the best that that family had to offer a guest. I ate them with joy, even though I knew my system would deal with parasites for weeks after returning home.
I've watched flies enjoy the food before we did at a picnic with abandoned children. The food favorite was bread with meat grease spread on it. Not a ice chest in sight.
As we start the month of November - a month given to gratefulness - I have a vivid picture of the first time we went to Romania. Things changed as the years went by, but the FIRST time we went - the toilet paper was so rough it had splinters of wood in it. It was (
dab don't rub) rough....and that was in the hotel we stayed at for awhile! I took home a roll of that toilet paper to help my perspective stay in check.
I'm a Costco toilet paper purchaser. (I don't like to run out.) Even at Costco, I stand and compare - deciding between namebrand and Kirkland - softer or larger roll. Really?
I have a challenge for you. Will you deny yourself something - every day of November? Not to lose weight and look better. Simply to say "no" to your flesh and "yes" to gratefulness. I am aware that it is a weird request - but as I write this, I really sense that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you what those 'deny yourself' moments will look like.
Matt. 16:24 - Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me."
"When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.
A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude."