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Monday, November 17, 2008

Discontent Americans

This morning I went to I Timothy 6 in my quiet time. Verse 6 says "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that."

I received the below quote in an email last week and I felt it was an interesting perspective on America -

-written by Craig R. Smith and published on at Thanksgiving, 2006.

"Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the country just isn't happy and want a change. I started thinking, ''What are we so unhappy about?'' Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year? Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough.

Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You maybe upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings.

Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes , an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67percent of you folks unhappy."

After reading this I definately rethought my views on America - and though this is an unstable time with the economy, housing market, wars and a new president-elect - we have soooo much to be thankful for and God calls us to just be content with food and clothes - look how much MORE he has given Americans! Praise His name today!

Walk with the King!


Anonymous Amy said...

Thank you for putting this into perspective!! We as Americans get unhappy if we are the slightly uncomfortable.. but the fact is we dont really know what discomfort is.

November 17, 2008 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I cannot thank God enough for allowing me to be born in the USA. We have no control over whether we're born in Iraq or in the USA - and by the grace of God I am an American! We need to continually thank him for this blessing!

November 17, 2008 at 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a great post. Coming from living as an expat for the last 8 years - America is a beautiful place! We recently had a Ukrainian friend who was in an auto accident. It took over 2 hours for the ambulance to arrive. This is so common. If the elevator doesn't work it might be fixed the next day or the next month - there's no telling. Yesterday I got a call from a friend who said that the whole city would have power off from 8-6 pm. It didn't happen but it shows the mindset of people as they prepared for such a common thing. All this to say - America is blessed even in this time of transition. Our friends here have commented on how peaceful the transition of power between US Presidents is.

November 18, 2008 at 12:44 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Hi Holly! Thank you for sharing! Just my small visits out of the country for missions trips have opened my eyes to how great we have it in America. I always come back thankful for it - but then that thankfulness wears off. I am sure that you have a fresh perspective now that you have lived in the Ukraine so long! Thank you for sacrificing being here in America to spread the gospel to the Ukranians - you are my hero!!! Our prayers are with you!

November 18, 2008 at 7:06 AM  

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