Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sometimes I forget how truly blessed I am and that, compared to the rest of the world, I am "rich" in the truest sense. I find myself still complaining about things when they don't go my way, wishing for what I don't have, and worrying about the unknown future. I complain that I don't have a lot of clothes when I can't find something to wear, I complain that my car doesn't accelerate fast enough, I complain that I desperately need a hair cut, and new shoes, and that I don't have enough money to enjoy a vacation, or a nice dinner. I complain that I don't have enough time to do what I love, and that my internet connection is too slow.
What I fail to remember are some things I heard about in Rob Bell's Nooma video "Rich".
And that is that I'm part of just eight percent of the world that even owns a vehicle. A staggering 92% of the world does not own a car at all. I am rich.
Somewhere around one billion people in the world do not have clean water. I can go to the sink and fill up my glass with water if I'm thirsty. I am rich.
About 800 million people won't enjoy a meal at all today and every couple seconds someone dies from hunger. I can't decide where I want to go to lunch today. I am rich.
Over one billion people in the world live on less than one dollar a day. I have that amount in change at the bottom of my purse. I am rich.
Lastly, to give the gift of water, and basic health and nutrition to the entire world, it would cost about 20 billion dollars. 20 billion dollars is what Americans spend per year on ice cream alone.
My challenge to you this week is to go this entire week without complaining once. Remember these small facts when you get the urge to complain about something you lack, a situation you are in, a job you don't like, or just not having "enough". Let us not only keep from complaining this week, but rejoice and celebrate in what we have and all of the simple enjoyments we've been blessed with! After all, you are so so rich.
You can watch the Nooma video "Rich" here for free.