Count Your Blessings One By One

I sent the following message to the teenagers I work with at home.  It seems like a message fitting for everyone:

Hi guys,

Greetings from Panama.  I had an experience today that I wanted to share with you.  We went into the jungles of Panama to interview people with disabilities who live in the jungle, learn their stories and take pictures of them.
When we got into the jungle, it looked exactly like one of those commercials that ask you to sponsor a child for $30 a month, except I was there, and it was real, not something I see sitting at home on my couch.  These people lived in the jungle, in shelters worse than shacks.  There was no furniture in their shelters, no electricity, no heat and they had dirt or concrete floors.  The people we talked to were the parents of children with disabilities.  We talked to two families who had children with CP, and one family with a son who had deformed feet and legs.
Some of these families hadn’t gotten medical care for for their children for several years because they could not afford the $20 transportation fee to get their children to the hospital.  Some of these mothers had given up hope because they were in such a dire financial situation.  Another mother turned to Christ to heal her baby because she couldn’t afford medical care for her year-old baby.
She said that she thought if she prayed enough, her son would be healed.
Today I lived something you only see on television, something we watch and say, “I hate those commercials, they are so sad!”  How selfish are we?
So, my challenge for you-think about this every time you open your mouth to complain.  Then bow you head and thank God for your many blessings.
PS-Sunday School and youth on Sunday, just like normal.  Told you I would remind you 😉

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