Hmmm. Sounds a bit pompous, but I most certainly do not think these thought in any sort of "better than thou" kind of way. Why am I so blessed to know from such an early age that God has a specific vocation for me to follow?
I pray in thanksgiving for the parents, family, education, friendships and all the things and people in my life that contributed to my understanding of the who I am called to be. I pray for all those who do not have comparable circumstances and put all their energies into gathering the necessities that they and loved ones need to simply survive. A person who does not know where his or her next meal will come from, zeros in on that need in life. He or she may not have the luxury of thinking about deep down things while surrounded by the very distraction of staying alive. Please join me in praying for these poor.