Although we have listed many ways in which we are blessed here in this country, I believe we need to consider a few more. For most of us, we haven’t experienced the lifestyles in other countries and take what we have for granted. I have so often heard people who have come back from missionary trips to underdeveloped nations who say it forever changed their perspective.
After a long, hard day in America, we need our entertainment. But with 120 channels, and nothing on to watch, we get bored. We are constantly trying to find something fun to make us happy, and America is only too happy to try to satisfy that need. On the other side of the world, in Bangladesh, girls of only 14 years of age leave their homes to work in garment factories for 14 hours a day, seven days a week. They subsist on mostly rice and earn about $25 to $35 a month. They are just trying to survive, and maybe send a little money to their families. We are blessed.
On a hot day, most of us do not even need to concern ourselves with the temperature outside. If it is 80 degrees and a little humid, we can just set our air-conditioner to the perfect temperature for comfort. Then we transfer from our air-conditioned home to our air-conditioned car to an air-conditioned store and barely have to feel any discomfort. Again I would like to mentally take you to Bangladesh, where the temperature can get over 100 degrees with very high humidity, where people wake up wet from perspiration and get absolutely no relief from the heat. Most rural dwellings are made from indigenous materials such as bamboo, straw and mud, which do not protect from the elements. If you happen to be one of the fortunate ones with electricity and a fan, frequent power outages prevent even that respite. We are so blessed!
Even though you may be chronically ill or in chronic pain, you are fortunate to be living in America with access to health care and medicine. If you were living in, for example, Ethiopia, your life expectancy would be about 42 years of age. Ethiopia has approximately 1 doctor per 100,000 people, according to the World Bank’s Global HIV/AIDS Program. Angola’s life expectancy is even less, at approximately 38 years. Tuberculosis and cholera are common, diseases that barely cross our minds. We are so very blessed!