“Ah, first world problems.”
That’s what one of my friends said after I lamented the latest problem with my house: a flooded basement (again) coupled with potentially serious piping issues and the need for costly plumbing work.
My immediate indignant thought was, “Don’t downplay my valid problems.”
But then I thought about it. Images of starving children flooded my mind; a recent Facebook post begging for urgent prayers for a young couple and their unborn baby surfaced in my memory.
I thought about the things that have been causing me stress until the self-pity gave way to the people who would love to trade problems with me—people who would give anything to have a house to complain about.
This post isn’t aimed at downplaying the struggles we face just because we’re not as bad off as most; rather, it is one of realization and gratitude. My problems are valid—my true problem is that I get so wrapped up in my issues that I fail to see my blessings.
Hopefully our trials make us stronger, build character, and bring us closer to God when we realize there’s nothing worldly we can cling to or hope in except the Lord.
My prayer for today:
Lord, help me to clearly see my blessings and to be satisfied with what you’ve given me.