In the media we often hear about 'the privileged few', usually in the context of material possessions.
Well, I'm delighted to say that, for me, today has been one of those days when I've been able to recognise that I belong to the ranks of 'the privileged'!
Now, don't get excited, I haven't suddenly become a millionaire and nor have the Circuit bought me a manse to live in; it's none of those things but today I have felt privileged and blessed.
I spent this morning in a Rotary Club committee meeting exploring ways we can help and encourage young people in our town to realise some of their potential. WHAT A PRIVILEGE !
For a couple of hours over lunch I shared in the Chairs team meeting. This is a meeting between Loraine Mellor, our Methodist District Chair, Paul Worsnop and myself (Deputy Chairs); the meeting is a mixture of fellowship, support, action planning and dealing with challenging issues. I still find it hard to believe that I have the privilege of sharing in this. WHAT A PRIVILEGE !
On the afternoon came the greatest privilege of all as I looked after our 10 month Granddaughter Piper for several hours, all by myself ! We walked, played with toys, and towards the end she cried with tiredness, but I ask you, “Is there any finer privilege ?” than to be a Granddad trusted to look after such a precious one.
WHAT A PRIVILEGE !
And I reflect on the many other privileges I have, of family, of friends, of a wonderfully supportive Circuit, of taking school assemblies, of Worship opportunities, of being healthy, and of being healthy enough to have worked in Romania last week.
Sadly there are many in this world who don't have what I have in such abundance, and so I give thanks.
As we enter into another new day let us all look for the privileges that we have and be grateful