It’s that time of year again: getting together with the family, hurrying to buy over-priced Christmas presents, putting up decorations, and so on. Over the years, Thanksgiving has become more & more of hassle to everyone. All the cooking, the excessive cleaning, fighting the grocery store madhouses, etc. With all the added frustrations, we begin to take for granted the food we’re able to buy and the people we surround ourselves with. Nevermind that we’ve got plenty of cash in the bank to cover all the extra food. Nevermind that we have family & friends coming from all over just to see our gloomy faces. Nevermind that. It’s an ever-increasing hassle, and we don’t appreciate it.
I, like everyone else, have fallen victim to those very feelings. It slapped me in the face today while I was listening to KLOVE. KLOVE is hosting a charity drive for World Vision. Together, along with the listeners of the radio station, they are providing “Thanksgiving” for Africa. Africa, particularly Niger, is very poor — a no brainer, but how many of us think about that? Their world is so much different from ours. Imagine a place where it normal and acceptable for a young teen (think YOUNG teen) to have several children. Where it’s normal for that very mother to walk 20 miles with her children just to have them analyzed. Where 6 month old babies are the size of our preemies. Could you imagine living on $200 a month? No, of course not. But it’s normal for a family in Africa to survive on that little for a year. In a land where there is so much opportunity, we sure do find a lot to complain about.
I’m not trying to belittle anyone’s problems. We all have our fair share of troubles, and I’m certainly not going to knock that. All I’m saying is be thankful for what you have. What may seem like very little to you may make a world of difference to someone else. So when you nearly burn the turkey or when you are feeling overwhelmed by friends & family… just be thankful that you’ve got a turkey to burn and loved ones to share it with. I know I will.