First World Problems

#FirstWorldProblem

“First World Problems” has become the throw-away line for numbers of people when dealing with a 10 second problem in their day. The phrase first world problems is meant to lighten the load on the stuff we ‘deal with’ but it is also demeaning to people in the third world dealing with real issues like lack of water, medicine, clothing and education or being persecuted for their beliefs.

So is there a real issue or are we too soft for the real world? Read through the rest of this post, watch the two videos. Take my First World Problems challenge at the end and tell me your thoughts in the comments  area. Ryan Higa (NigaHiga), a YouTube celebrity recently did this tongue in cheek look at First World Problems. If you haven’t heard about FWP then this is a good introduction.

First World Problems Reality Check

Most parents will be aware of the dilemma of letting your child play in the dirt or touch other children while playing. If you isolate the child from the problem, they may not catch this weeks bug, but they also may not build up the immunity for next week’s virus. I believe we may be seeing a generation of kids who think the worst thing in the world is losing Wi-Fi at home or a smartphone that won’t charge. As parents we’ve got to let them deal with it and not run rescue missions for technology.

One thing is sure, in the ‘first world’ we may have the riches of wealth, technology and education yet we still don’t seem to have the mental strength of those living in the ‘third world’. Their ability to face adversity and dig deep through natural disasters and family tragedy are often a lesson to us. Here at home we have to ask what are the things that we can do without, the crutches that could strengthen our unused muscles both physically and mentally.

Recently a charity raising funds for water ran this First World Problems viral video campaign. Watch the faces of this video and ask yourself whether we know what are the real issues.

If you would like to take action in the real world I would encourage you to visit the links on these buttons to help someone with a real issue that could do with your financial support today. When you visit the site, look at their current needs or sponsor a child and make a difference.

Be a First World Solution to a Third World Problem

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Better Days Ahead

This morning I found this video from mate Steve Grace that he has recorded with the Watoto Children’s choir. I remember Steve saying what a challenge it was getting the primary shoot done in the outback. There’s a lot to be said for dusty trails. You need time to get where you’re going and an understanding of the wear and tear it can take on your equipment. If you jump into the trip without this understanding you’ll probably travel unprepared and unequipped. Steve and his team know the bush and so they meet those challenges head on. The right equipment, the right attitude and the perseverance to deal with the occasional equipment failure or weather change get the job done.

These are some of the great attributes of faith. When we walk through life we can be fooled into thinking; “If I have enough faith, life will be sweet”. The wiser road says if I have enough faith I know the journey isn’t the destination. Heaven isn’t a ‘place on earth’. Jesus said he would 'go' and then he would 'come' to 'take' us where he had prepared a place. The catch cry of this video is the line “I Believe”. I love an old line I’ve heard many times. “If faith was easy everyone would be doing it”. Sure we go through the highs and lows, the times of banquets and the times when it feels like famine. Today just remind yourself of those two words; “I Believe”.

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
John 14:2-3