Saturday, August 24, 2013

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” -- G. K. Chesterton

You want a drink of water--you just walk to the tap and turn it on.  You think you hear an intruder--you call 911.   You see a fire--you call the fire department.  You have a car problem--you call AAA or a wrecker.  You have an accident--you call your insurance agent.  Your spouse is having a heart attack--you call an ambulance.  You need milk, cheese, butter, or some diet drinks--you stop and pick them up.  You are too tired to cook--you stop at any one of hundreds of fast food places and bring home dinner.  After dinner, you want to watch a movie--you dial it up on a movie provider.  You get hungry watching a college football game--you have pizza delivered.  You want to watch college or professional football, baseball, basketball, hockey--you can go to the game in person or watch them on TV.  You want to go visit a relative or friend at night--you just get in your car and drive over.  Your child gets a cold at night--you drive to a 24-hour pharmacy and get whatever medication is needed.  If it's too hot--you turn on the air conditioning.  If it's too cold--you turn up the heat.  Electricity, natural gas, television, internet--are all givens in that they are always there except in rare emergencies that affect whole cities, and quite probably, you take all this for granted.  It is not so here.  There is no 911, no fire department, no wreckers, no ambulances, you don't go out after dark, and there is no natural gas and only intermittent and unreliable electricity and internet.  No food delivery, no fast food.  If you want butter and cheese, you have to drive one to two hours to find places that sell it imported from New Zealand.  You want to watch a movie, you need a DVD and a computer or DVD player and those must come from other countries.  You can buy a DVD player here, but it won't play any DVD's that come from the U.S.  There are no hospitals to call and no places to get gasoline or things for your car after dark.  This isn't Kansas any more, Toto.  Yet almost three-fourths of the world lives this way.  We do it every day as do the thousands who live around us.  We are not complaining, we are letting you know that you need to spend more time thanking God  for what you have and not worrying about what you don't have.  Come spend just two weeks with us, and you will never see the world the same way again.  God loves us all--even those who have to walk to get the water they need for the day.
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