Recently I read a blog by a woman named Amy who serves as a missionary in the city of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania along with her husband, Gil. She is back in the States on furlough. Recently she reflected on what she experiences here as compared to what she sees in Tanzania. She wrote the following to us who live here: “You can worship who you want, when you want, and where you want. You can even convert to a different religion if you want to, and practically no one will care. You certainly won't be arrested for it.
You have clean drinking water that comes out of every tap in your house. You don't have to walk five miles to find water that's full of cholera. In fact, you are even given the luxury of not liking the taste of that water, so you spend your money on water in bottles…
Your family lives in an entire house, not just one room in a house…You don't worry about polio or malaria or cholera. You have a fair amount of confidence that your child will live until adulthood. If your child is bit by a snake or breaks a leg, you call a number and an emergency vehicle will be at your door in five minutes. You don't have to worry about how you will get your child (without a car) to a hospital (which may or may not have medicine that day) 50 miles away.
If you are pulled over by police, you are not expected to bribe them. Most of the time, you believe that the police are actually there to serve you and protect you, not rob you or rape you.
It is not an assumption that your elections are rigged, and the losing party will not start a riot that kills hundreds of people. Your government has checks and balances, and you are not ruled by a ruthless dictator who feeds people to his crocodiles for fun.”
We take so much for granted. I just assume that it is normal to be able to worship freely, live in a decent house with running water and electricity, have access to good medical care and live without fear of corrupt authorities. Yet these are huge blessings that so many people in this world cannot even dream of experiencing. I suspect all of us would find ourselves in a much better frame of mind if we would see how blessed we are, if we appreciated more what we have and majored in thanking our good and gracious Lord for the incredible bounty of grace he daily showers on us. We’d be much better off if we simply fretted far less about whatever the latest controversy might be. Give thanks in all things, for this is God’s will for you.