It was a sleepy morning today. After Lynette left for work at 7:15am, I crawled back into bed to read and maybe catch a few more z’s. Around 8:10 I heard my phone vibrating on the nightstand. I did not want to answer but I was interested in who was calling. The number displayed on my phone read “India.” I immediately took the call. It was Gladstone a friend who is Pastor from Chennai, India. It is always good to hear from him but this time it was an even bigger blessing.
Gladstone has two young boys that live with him, their father has abandoned them. Their mother also lives in the house as a housekeeper. This morning was the first time I have gotten the chance to talk with the boys. What a humbling experience to know that these to boys are praying for me and my family everyday.
The reason this is so humbling is that the average income in India is about 3 US dollars a day. Lynette and I have been able to give to Gladstone and the ministries of his church to help provide food, education and shelter. His church is in a slum area of Chennai. So it was a blessing for us to help those in need. Since we have given to the church they have been praying for us on a daily basis. I find this tough to swallow some days, that some of the poorest of the poor are praying for my family. I pray that I would have that kind of commitment to prayer.
I know that living in America I’m richer than about 92% of everyone in the world. I also know I take that for granted a lot of days, especially when the latest and greatest thing comes out and I want it. Notices I did not say “need it” because the majority of things in our lives are not needed if we really got down to the essentials.
So this morning as I was in my warm bed I was serenaded by the boys. It was a great blessing to hear “Standing on the promises,” in broken english. God says make a joyful noise, and it was JOYFUL. Have Blessed Day!
Ted Goodwin is a speaker and author of the book “Lessons from a Headache.” In June of 2009 Ted was diagnosed with a “chronic daily migraine” headache. Despite constant pain since the headache began, Ted has not allowed it to stop him from living life to the full. He lives a life that is active, rewarding and full of joy. He diligently trained for and completed his first marathon in September 2010, despite the migraine.