Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! We have so much to be thankful for, don’t we? If you think about it in terms of the rest of the world, we are beyond blessed. So many people are living in poverty, not knowing where their next meal will come from. There are people like those in Haiti who live in mud huts, and don’t even have the technology or communication to know when a hurricane is coming. So many of the things that we take for granted are things that people in other countries don’t survive without.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you were more blessed than the million who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you’re better off than 500 million people in the world.” -Mark Batterson
If you have more than a meal’s worth of food in your fridge, clothes to wear, and a soft place to sleep, then you are 75% richer than the rest of the world. If you can read this article, then you are more blessed than 2 billion people in the world that are unable to read. If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
That’s certainly something to think about, isn’t it? How often do we get upset over “first world problems” that impoverished people would feel lucky to have?
What I’m Thankful For
- I’m thankful for my God. My God gives me strength for the hard days, wisdom when I need it the most, and joy all the times in between. My God has always been there for me and shown me love when I was least deserving. My God has shown me how to be a loving parent.
- I’m thankful for my family. They are alive and healthy. They are well fed, they don’t wonder when their next meal will be, and they get to have a fun childhood without having to worry about things like starvation, predators, and diseases.
- I’m thankful for my health. I may not have 100% health, but I have enough to be thankful for. I can get out of bed and take care of my family. I can use all of my limbs, and I can pick up my babies. And I have access to great doctors and treatments.
- I’m thankful for my husband. He works so hard for our family so that I can stay home and teach the boys. The money that he makes pays for my chronic illness treatments, for our food, for our home, for our heat and A/C, for our cars, for our gas, and for our clothes. He never complains about working, and when he comes home, he still makes time to play with the boys. He loves me deeply and unconditionally, and has been such an amazing support system through all of my frustrations and struggles.
- I’m thankful for my home. My home keeps us safe and warm. It protects us from stifling summers and bitter winters. It keeps us dry during storms and allows us to sleep without fear of attacks.
- I’m thankful for abundant food and clean water. I don’t think that we even understand how many people have to wake up each morning not knowing if they’ll eat that day, or where they’ll find clean water. We have it running through sewers directly into our homes so that we can have it any time we want. We use it to take long showers, and we use it to run washing machines and dishwashers. We use it to water our gardens so we can grow food and we use it to water our grass so our homes look nice. But the bottom line is that we couldn’t survive without food and water, and we certainly take for granted how easy it is to access both.
- I’m thankful for my country. We definitely have our own problems, that’s for sure. But for the most part, we are better off than a lot of other countries. We can practice our own religion, we can dress how we like, we can have as many kids as we want, and we can marry who we choose. We can choose our own careers, and houses. We have the technology to be able to tell when a storm is coming so that people can be warned. We have the money to be able to help the less fortunate.
When you take into account all of the people in the world that have to struggle to survive every day, it really makes us realize how blessed we are. How good we have it. So let’s stop taking everything for granted, and share our blessings. Take the time to be kind to your neighbors. Volunteer to help the less fortunate. Give everyone you meet a reason to be thankful, because we all have countless things to be thankful for.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?