Our college aged son educated me on the latest twitter trend. When you complain about something that is a result due to the affluence of a citizen in a first world nation the tweet has the hash tag #firstworldproblem.
It is a tongue in cheek reflection on how minor our problems are next to those wondering where to get their next meal. How easily we fall into our first world woes yet, . . . we have been warned.
Matthew 13:22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. (NIV)
The parable of the sower and the seed warns those burdened by affluence. Do you question your affluence?
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more
fortunate than the one million people who will not survive this week.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and
a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world.
If you can
attend a church or political meeting without fear of harassment, arrest,
torture, or death, then you are more blessed than three billion in the
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change
in your pocket, then you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
Does your #firstworldproblem cause you worry? Does your #firstworldproblem choke the Word within you? Does your #firstworldproblem make you unfruitful?
This is my prayer. What is yours?
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (NIV)