It is no surprise of all of the devastation Irma and Harvey both brought to the United States and all of the other countries that were in their paths. Every news broadcast and social media story are filled with statistics and photos of the damage done by the hurricanes. While some people shrugged the warnings that came from the weather channels and stuck it out, others packed their valuables and evacuated their homes. Now that the physical storms are over, people are working to overcome the disaster and put the pieces of their lives back together.

Thankfully, my family remained safe from any harmful damage and only have our fence left to be fixed. We were without power for about 24 hours and without internet and tv for about 3 days. I still have a roof over my head, food in my pantry (except the junk food we went through while we were waiting for Irma to pass), and my warm blanket to cuddle up with on the couch. Unfortunately, that is not the case for everyone.

I find myself wondering why these things happen and I am often reminded that it this is God’s way of telling us who is in control. We get so caught up in these worldly possessions and forget just how easily they can vanish. Yet still we complain that our power is out instead of taking the time to look around at what we do have. And believe me, I am not saying that I’m innocent here because I’m guilty as charged of taking things for granted. Tuesday I woke up on the wrong side of the bed all because my keurig wouldn’t cut on to make my coffee. At the same time, someone is wondering if they will even have a house to go home to.

But even amongst the tragedy of it all, the beauty showed through! People began opening their homes, donating items, and giving money because they genuinely wanted to help someone else, regardless of their skin color, gender, or personal beliefs. Don’t you think maybe, with all the crazy going on in this world, we needed something to shut us up and cause us to help our neighbors? Maybe we needed something to remind us of what’s important.

So next time you find yourself whining about the things you don’t have, take a minute and enjoy the things you do have. I know it’s not easy to stop our busy lives and take a look around. No matter what your beliefs are, I think we can all agree that we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow and we need to take a second to hug our loved ones. I’ve always been taught that nothing in this world is permanent but your family. Let’s not forget about that when we are mad that we can’t watch this week’s episode of The Bachelorette or make our morning coffee.

Life is precious my friends. Smile at strangers… Help an elderly person across the street… BE KIND.