.::Happy Thanksgiving

As you sit around your tables this Thanksgiving, I know that you will not have a shortage of things to be thankful for.  But just in case you are in the middle of a pity party for yourself and need to be reminded, here is just a short list of things you can be thankful for that a lot of the world doesn’t have the privilege to have right now:
  • Clean running water-Being able to have the option of more than one faucet to get CLEAN, running water from is a privilege a lot of the world doesn’t have.
  • Electricity-Turning on a light, playing a radio, watching TV is a blessing many don’t have. CLICK HERE to see how dark it is over most of Africa.
  • Education-Those who finish high school you will be part of the top 10% of the WORLD in education.  Those in college are in the top 3%.
  • Health Care-Many cannot afford a doctor.
  • Dental Care-When you have to choose between eating and a dentist, many choose eating and therefore don’t ever get to see a dentist in their lifetime.
  • Food in your Refrigerator & Pantry-Most of the world have to live meal to meal and don’t have the luxury of having a refrigerator full of food.
  • A Variety of Food-Many in the world have the same meal day in and day out because that is all they can afford. A diet that is full of variety is expensive.
  • A choice of clothes-Some only have one outfit to wear day in and day out.
  • Disposable Income (Money you can spend on what you WANT not what you NEED)-Most students your age give their money over to their parents so that they can make ends meet financially in the home.
  • Family
  • A Church-Some parts of the world it is illegal to meet as Christian in public.
  • Youth Group-Most churches in the world are less than 100 people.  That means they don’t have a paid youth minister with a youth program.
  • A Home with Heat-Not just having a HOME, but having a home with heat is a luxury.
  • A Bed-I doubt any of you have to share your bed with the rest of your family like many have to, if they even have a bed.
  • More than one pair of shoes to wear
  • A Yard-I didn’t see many yards in Nairobi.
  • Car(s) to ride to school, the store, work, church in-I saw many, many people walking everywhere they were going in Nairobi.  Personal transportation is a luxury not a necessity.
  • Freedom
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Parents that love you
  • The Bible in your own language-Think what life would be like if you didn’t have the Bible in your language.  Many of us not only have the Bible, but we have Bibles, multiple copies in various translations.  Just 100 years ago your family would have been fortunate to have one Bible for the whole family.
  • Being literate (able to read this)
  • A God that love you more than you can ever know
  • Jesus
  • The Holy Spirit.
That should be enough for now to be thankful for.  As you look through this list, what is it that strikes you the most that perhaps you overlook on a regular basis?  While we may have bad days and some troubles, in the grand scheme of things, we have things really, really good.  Let us be thankful for all of the ways that God provides for us and not take them for granted..
Have a Great Thanksgiving.
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