The following was inspired by this very moving post by Christopher. My prayers to his family - both living and deceased.
The next time I find myself complaining about doing some sort of physical task, I will remind myself that there are plenty of people in this world who have debilitating injuries and would love to be able to fold laundry or mow a lawn.
The next time I wonder if I can squeeze a call to a friend or family member into my busy schedule, I will remind myself that there is a chance that person might not be around tomorrow.
The next time I think about putting in an extra hour in at the office, I will remember that no one, when on their deathbed, ever wishes they spent just one more hour working.
I will also remember that, when on that same bed, no one ever wishes for more money. They wish for more time.
The next time I feel hungry, I will remind myself that there are people in this world that wonder if they will eat at all today. Or even this week.
The next time I get annoyed that I have to fix something in my house, I will remember that some people only have a cardboard box between them and the elements. And 20 degree air hurts.
The next time I wonder how long mass is going to run, I will remind myself that there are many people on this earth that fear for their lives every time they step into a church. And they go anyway.
The next time I find myself whispering a hymn at that same mass, I will remind myself of this gentleman.
The next time I think I have a difficult decision to make I will remind myself about the decision Mary and Joseph had to make, the decision the Apostles had to make, and the decision Jesus had to make.
The next time I wonder if I can really do something to promote God's Kingdom, I will remind myself what a few fishermen and tax collectors did. Many without an education. Or the internet.
The next time I feel nervous about anything, I will remind myself what Jesus must have felt like at the Last Supper.
And the next time I wonder how much God really loves me, I will remind myself to look at the nearest crucifix.