You’ve heard of #100HappyDays? Well, I stole the idea and adapted to fit my blogging schedule.
Every day is filled with reasons to be thankful. And yet the majority of my day isn’t spent being thankful. That’s got to change. God sent his son to save me - HUGE reason to always be thankful. And I’ve been freed to live a new life through Christ, released from fear, doubt, shame and self-reliance, equipped with love to serve others and blessed with all kinds of daily tasks and jobs to express my love. And that’s just the big stuff.
This is #100ThankfulWeeks to praise Him. I’m sharing one simple thing I’m thankful for each week. Because there can never be to much thankfulness.
Week 34: Electricity
I open the refrigerator, powered by electricity. The little fridge light comes on, powered by electricity. By the light of the fridge, I pour myself a glass of water and tap the button for the microwave light. Also powered by electricity. I return the water jug to the fridge and let the door swing shut.
I yawn. Twice. Then drink the glass of water in one breath and return it to the counter. By the soft glow of the microwave light, I make it across the living area to the alcove with my desk and open the lid of my laptop. Pressing the power button (powered by electricity), I yawn again as the Apple logo comes to life on the screen.
I pull on my hoodie and a second pair of wool socks. The bare laminate floor in the alcove is freezing and I can already feel the chill seeping through the double pair of socks. I press the power and oscillate buttons for my space heater, powered by electricity. Over the quiet hum of the heater’s fan, I can hear the faint “tick-tick-tick” of the clock on the wall. Powered by electricity from two little AA batteries.
I log into my laptop and watch as the little blue lights on my wireless router begin to dance. More electricity. Rubbing the sleep out of my eyes and squinting at the bright screen, I open my email, then my browser and word processor. Somewhere, a server powered by electricity pushes new email to my inbox. Somewhere, another server powered by more electricity sends images and data to load my homepage.
Shivering despite the space heater, I move back into the kitchen and plug in the toaster. Opening the freezer, powered by electricity, I pull out a ziplock bag of leftover waffles squares. I pop two into the toaster and push down the carousel to start my breakfast. Made possible by electricity. Opening the fridge again, I squint into the bright interior, searching for the bottle of maple syrup.
Ten minutes later, plate empty and feeling a tiny bit more awake, I rinse the plate and load it into the dishwasher, powered by electricity. I unplug the toaster and tuck it away, yawn one last time and settle back in front of my laptop. Pulling out my phone to turn off the nightly airplane mode, I notice the nearly empty battery at 1%.
The phone chirps and the screen flashes the battery symbol when I connect the phone to the power cord. Charging made possible by electricity. Returning to my desk, I start my photo editing program and watch as the photos from my phone automatically transfer wirelessly to my photo library. I respond to emails, publish retouched photos to Flickr, place an order on Amazon and write a blog while listening to a steaming playlist from Amazon Prime Music.
My morning. Powered by electricity.
These electrical currents and our ability to harness their energy to power our lives - that’s incredible stuff. Some currents are just there and only need to be tapped and channeled. More often, we can generate this invisible energy using motors powered by a variety of energy sources such as water, wind and sun. This incredible energy can even be generated on the go with portable batteries.
I take electricity for granted because it’s such an integral part of my day-to-day life. In fact, I only know enough about electricity to make me dangerous. I can screw in a light bulb, plug in a phone, hook up my sounds system, stuff like that. But ask me to change a circuit or reset a breaker and I’m not really the guy you want.
But I do know this about electricity: I wouldn’t want to live without it. Thank you, God, for blessing me with reliable electricity. There are millions, even in developed countries like the United States, who live without reliable electricity, but I wake up to the same consistent power every day. Instead of using it to fuel wasteful or selfish activities, help me to use this gift to serve others.
What's the longest you've been without electricity? I've never had to go more than a few hours involuntarily and never more than a day voluntarily.