Fires and our blog

8 02 2009

Today, if you’re in Australia, you should be (hopefully) aware that at least 50 people have been killed by bushfires in Victoria. As this toll continues to rise, i sit here thinking of how lucky we are to be unaffected, and how much we take for granted in our lives. Every night, i load the dishwasher, brush my teeth, use a flushing toilet, and have to decide which pen to use whilst doing my homework on fresh paper with a calculator next to me (it ok, i don’t do things in such a strange order). In the mornings i have a shower, again brush my teeth, eat, and go off to receive an education, which in my mind is an incredible privilege (yes, you heard it here first – the HSC is none other than a privilege). This is when i begin to feel guilty.

However, we can remove such a feeling of guilt. Being thankful for what we have, rather than taking it for granted, highlights just how blessed we are to live in Australia and also emphasises just how little some others have. Anyway, im struggling to lead this anywhere, but i trust you can all be thankful for what you have too, and be willing to sacrifice your own comfort to help those who have much less. Feel free to suggest ways we can do this in the comments (of course it doesnt mean packing up and going and living overseas – take the time to pray for them, be content with what you have and spend more wisely, or make others aware of how rich they are in Australia).

So as i try to help pea brains recover from it’s own little bushfire, and try to make my avatar change on the main page (it changed everywhere else!) i bid you good day, and i shall see you all sometime in the near future (and feel free to correct the abundant misprints i have probably left in my wake).


Eric, a good man who was in the navy 7 years.




One response

10 07 2009


It really is quite counter-cultural to say that the HSC is a blessing yet it really is a blessing. Complaining about the HSC is so common and it is a big temptation not to appreciate the things God has given us.

Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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