One of the things I appreciate about the church I attend is the impact it can have on the world around us. I am not just talking about from the point of view of people becoming Christians but a more general impact.
About three years ago the pastor did a sermon about making a difference "because we can". This has since become a slogan used by the church to encourage people to make a difference.
It started with a comment about if we can change one persons life then we can impact a family. If we can help a few people we may be able to impact a village. If we can help a village we may be able to impact a town and in turn a region and in turn a country.
The main form this has taken is sponsoring children in Uganda through Compassion, although there have been other ways people around us have been helped.
Everything so far sets the scene for the point I wanted to make in this post. At church there is a rolling display on a TV screen about the areas we are helping. I am not going to be able to get it word perfect but one of the screens displays a small African boy and the title says "If I could go to school I would study very hard to get a good job".
We don't tend to appreciate all the things we take for granted like education, health, jobs etc. Sometimes it is worth stopping for a moment to take in how fortunate we are and appreciate some of these small things we don't realise other people don't have access to.