Many years ago I read something that deeply touched me. Though I no longer recall exactly where I read it, I still think about it a lot. What I have written below is adapted from what I read so long ago.If you awoke this morning with more health than illness, you are blessed. There are millions so sick they will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of prison, the agony of torture, or pains of starvation, you are blessed. Five hundred million people around the world experience these things on a regular basis.If you own just one Bible, you are blessed. One-third of the world does not have access to even one Bible.
If you are able to attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, or death, you are blessed and should be thankful. Three billion people in the world cannot do that.If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are blessed. These simple things make you richer than 75% of people in this world.
If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet, and some spare change in a dish somewhere around the house, you are blessed. In fact, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy people.If you can read this message, you are blessed. There are 2 billion people in the world who cannot read anything.
Think about how blessed you are today before you complain about some minor frustration you experience.
Dr. Jerry White serves as pastor of the Casey Creek Baptist Church in Chesnee, South Carolina and is a professor at Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in Hendersonville, North Carolina.