Pocket Change

a young caucasian man in jeans taking two coins of one euro out of his pocketIf you’re reading this post, then you own a computer, Smartphone, or I-Pad (possibly all three) and an internet connection. That means that you probably spend more on your internet service than some people in third world countries make in a month. In fact, the change in your pocket or in your purse could possibly feed someone struggling to live through another day.

This was brought to my attention on an online sermon I was listening to that was presented by a spiritual leader that I admire very much. He talked about a mission trip to Uganda that he had recently been on. While he was there, he felt so overwhelmed and devastated because he just couldn’t help all of the people he saw who were starving and had no hope in their lives. He wanted to give away all the money he had in his pocket to each and every person he saw. But unfortunately there was not enough to go around. And he felt sick to his stomach because each night he would go back to his hotel and eat a hot, nourishing meal that he felt he didn’t deserve while others went hungry.

We all tend to take for granted all of the blessings we have and we get caught up in the minutia that tends to monopolize our lives. We get stressed about things that aren’t really important and worry about situations that are beyond our control. When Ron and I are discussing a minor challenge in our lives, he will many times say, “That’s a first-world problem,” meaning let’s not sweat the small stuff.

As you go through your day, it’s important to feel gratitude for the roof over your head, the food on your plate, and the shoes on your feet. Keep life in perspective when situations arise that are bothersome and stressful. And as the change jiggles in your pocket, remember that you can make a difference in the world…with your thoughts, your words and your giving actions!

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