Milly was watching television, chatting with her friends on WhatsApp while playing a game on her smartphone. She calls it multitasking. Lilly, on the other hand was quietly reading a book.
“I hear there’s something interesting on channel 5.” Milly said.
“What’s that?” her sister asked, looking up from her book.
“I’m not sure. I can’t find the remote.” She answered.
“There are buttons on the side of the TV, you know.” Came Lilly’s sarcastic remark.
The twins were so different in their approach to life. One was a whiner and the other never really complained about anything.
Milly was irritated at how Lilly always made her seem a fool. “Of course I know that but then I’d have to stand up and go way over there.” She said, waving her hand in the TV’s direction.
“Oh, boy! If I had your problem...” Lilly sighed as she continued reading.
It is surprising that something that is a source of trouble or worry to one person can be big blessing to another. Milly could easily represent the first world. The first world has problems that the third world would not hesitate to embrace. One of such is too much abundance. Having an overstocked freezer and whining about trying to eat everything up before its expiry date is a first world problem. In the third world, hunger is prevalent. What expiry date?
The children of Israel had been delivered from slavery; they were in abundance of freedom yet they whined about hardships (Numbers 11:1 NIV). They had plenty of free manna yet they wailed for meat and whined about having lost their appetite (Numbers 11:4-6 NIV). So God decided to give them meat for a whole month until it came out of their nostrils and they were sick of it (Numbers 11:18-20 NIV). I have heard it said that too much of anything is poisonous. Does our having plenty poison our bodies, minds or both?
Good things are in excess in the industrialized capitalist countries and this is the poison that has caused many to forget God. For example, America, a nation founded by Bible-believing Christians, is steadily being distorted into a secularist and atheistic utopia, where communist ideals are glorified and encouraged, while Christian values and morality are mocked and increasingly eliminated from people’s perception. Despite these clear instructions: When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you…Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands… (Deuteronomy 8:10-11 NLT); God has been progressively erased from our public and educational establishments, only to be replaced with inconceivable perversion, bloodshed, madness, and depravity.
When a man does not see it fit to acknowledge God, God gives him up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. He is filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. He becomes full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. He turns out to be a gossip, slanderer, and hater of God. The man who refuses to acknowledge God is insolent, haughty, boastful, an inventor of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, and ruthless (Romans 1:28-31 ESV).
Having too much is the first world toxin that is filling us with ingratitude, pride and a sense of entitlement as we crave for more while bowing to idols. Basic needs are effortlessly obtainable without prayer and every achievement is seen as a result of one’s own smarts, strength and energy. Individuals are becoming more and vain. What gives one the right to whine about having three 42" LCD TVs in their hotel suite but not being able to see any of them from the jacuzzi tub? Vanity! When God blesses us it is so that we can become channels of blessing to others. If we recognize this then we will live in the consciousness that more than a quarter of the inhabitants of the so called third world countries still have nothing to live on; and instead of complaining we will be more content with our lives and begin to serve as channels to help meet the needs of the less fortunate.
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