I was recently sitting at a local megachurch doing some work. Yes, they open the atrium every day for entrepreneurs and provide free coffee and WiFi.
I was approached by 2 strangers, turned out their names were James and James. We spoke for quite a while. They were in town to participate in clinical research studies at a local CRO to make some money. We then got to talking about what we each did, mostly what I do, to be honest. And I spoke about developing an initiative called Cincinnati Hacking Homelessness.
James then told me that he had been a missionary in Haiti after the hurricane. He sent me to a website of his mission with hundreds of pictures of the devastation and what his group had done. At one point he told me how he had seen so many miracles while he was working there and how there were so few miracles back home, in the United States.
It was one of those moments of clarity for me…
I looked out the huge plate-glass windows of the church where I was drinking free coffee and connecting to the entirety of the world-wide-web, and looked at the shopping center across the street, the restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, fitness centers… I saw thousands of people scurrying about their lives in relative peace, safety, and prosperity. I saw the massive wealth of the church I was working at and the surrounding community, one that is considered less than wealthy in Cincinnati.
It hit me that the reality is that we simply ignore the miracles all around us daily. I’ve heard this said many times, but it was the first time I understood.
Because of the incredible gifts that have been bestowed on us, we miss the miracles. I won’t list them here. I hope you’ll take some time to think about it, and that you’ll take some time to look around you as you walk or drive to and fro today.
What are those miracles you are blessed with daily that you simply skip over?