It is interesting how multi-faceted perspective is, how much it changes without our realizing it. Like this week for instance. A friend and I have the opportunity to housesit for one of our married teammates while her and her family are in Africa. I suddenly came to realize how my perspective on luxury had changed. If I contemplated luxury while living at home in Canada, I might think of things like huge houses, nice cars, beautiful clothes made out of material like silk and cashmere. But after living nearly a year in a large dorm, in a foreign country, I was surprised that the idea of luxury became much simpler. Luxury suddenly became the opportunity to feel warm water come pouring out of the shower head, silence at 10:00 in the morning, a room shared with no one else, a washing machine that does it all at the press of a button, and probably most of all, a soft couch to curl up on and read a book. It is a constant reminder of the things that I take for granted every day, things that could be gone in a blink of an eye. All of them blessings graciously granted by God. So many things seen as necessity, that are really luxuries that could be lived without.