Advent Day 17: Just Too Blessed

“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”

-John 1:16

A few years ago I was stuck in a job that I really struggled with and did not like. I would work all day and then bring more work home with me. When winter came, seasonal depression set in and many days it was hard for me just to get out of bed in the morning. During that time, I was always stressed and it was really difficult for me to see all of the blessings around me. It seemed like everything was going wrong, when really there were so many things going right.

Every once in a while it is good to take a step back and remind yourself of how blessed you really are. For example, how many times have you googled something in the past week? Did you know that as of 2017, over half of the world’s population still did not have internet access (Downs, 2017)? I feel like I couldn’t live one day without the internet!

Do you have money in the bank? As of 2015, 10% of the world’s population was in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 per day (The World Bank, 2018).

Have you gone more than a day without food in the past year? Depending on what website you look at, between 9 million and 36 million people die of hunger each year. Having a full stomach, or at least not an empty one, is quite a blessing.

Were you able to drink clean water today? As of 2017, 3 in 10 people worldwide still did not have access to clean drinking water (WHO, 2017).

I did not put those facts in there to make you feel bad (although they are quite startling). I put them in there to remind you that no matter how bad life gets, you are still very blessed. Even if I lived in a third world country and did not have access to any of those things, I would still be blessed because I know that I have an eternity in heaven to look forward to. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that, but that doesn’t make it any less true. We are all so so blessed to have a God who loves us enough to come to Earth and die for us so that we can spend eternity with him. In the future, instead of focusing so much on the bad things in life, I will try to focus more on the many blessings that God has put in my life. Will you?

References:

Downs, R. (2017). UN: Majority of world’s population lacks internet access. UPI. Retrieved from https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/09/18/UN-Majority-of-worlds-population-lacks-internet-access/6571505782626/.

The World Bank (2018). Nearly half the world lives on less than $5.50 a day. Retrieved from https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2018/10/17/nearly-half-the-world-lives-on-less-than-550-a-day.

World Health Organization (2017). 2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/12-07-2017-2-1-billion-people-lack-safe-drinking-water-at-home-more-than-twice-as-many-lack-safe-sanitation.