I was talking to my son this afternoon. He was not happy about having to do homework. He's not happy that he has to go to school. He's also not happy about having to go to his Taekwondo class today. From the way he's "whining", it seems like his life is just plain miserable. That's when I explained to him how blessed he is. That instead of being upset about school and homework and extra curricular activities, he should be thankful of these blessings. Then I showed him an example why. To make my point, I googled the word "Payatas". That's the dump area in the Philippines. I showed him what miserable life they live...and yet many of them have a good attitude. I showed him that despite poverty, children still do smile and are thankful for whatever blessing comes their way. Like this (taken from here):
While we're at it, I also Googled the word "Smokey Mountain". Another dump where people live. Not only did I find photos, but I actually found videos of it. Like this one.
And while I was watching the video, a still small voice whispered. Remember your conversation with your husband this morning? Ah, the conversation. You see, the other day we watched "Star Dust" and my hubby really liked it. I told him the movie is good but I just don't like Claire Daines. He was curious why. Then I told him how I hate her because she said some bad things about the Philippines. The Lord reminded me that I should not hate. Sure she said some horrible things about the Philippines, but it's not for me to hate. Sure what she said is horrible, but there really are some places in the Philippines that are really filled with poverty. Granting it's not what the Philippines is all about, granting that in general, the Philippines is a very beautiful country despite it's poverty, the truth is poverty is an ugly thing and it does exist in some parts (many parts) of the Philippines. And so I had to let go of the hatred and I am thankful that God showed me I should - for hate is not a good thing.
And while I am on the subject of being thankful, I want to mention how thankful I am that Shannon (Rocks In My Dryer) and Sophie (Boomama) are going on a mission to Uganda. They are going there with Compassion International, to later on blog about Uganda, to make the world aware of their need. I am sure they will have a tremendous impact and I am so thankful that they heeded the call to go.
Another Christian I am thankful about is Scott, who is willing to sell his blood to have money for a mission to help the poor in Mexico.
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