Twenty years ago, today, JK Rowling published her first book in the Harry Potter series and changed how we felt about witches and wizards. Wands and spellbooks. Broomsticks, cauldrons, and even a game of chess. From the pages of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, she began to teach us that, although, we seem destined for certain things, like Slytherin or Gryffindor house, we can choose what we feel to be right; that we shouldn’t waste away in front of the mirror of Erised longing for the things we think will make us happy; and that unconditional love is the oldest and most powerful forms of magic.
When you're a Christian, gratitude counts for a lot. It's not an official fruit of the spirit, but it might as well be. There's something special about gratitude. It helps you to acknowledge all of the things you would normally take for granted. And that's important. But sometimes gratitude is in short supply and it can make you feel like a bad Christian. All someone has to do is bring up a real tragedy (like starving children) and then you're wishing you hadn't said anything in the first place.