I know I (DeAnna) have many times when it’s easy to throw a pity party. I can set the table very well for throwing a pity party. It’s always great to have guests at the pity party, but the party can still go on regardless of attendance.
I think Facebook is a mixed bag of emotions. I want to stay connected. I want to see pictures of people and places. I want to know what’s going on in family and friends lives. There are other things on Facebook, like reminders of what we don’t have. We don’t have family at birthday parties or holiday gatherings. We no longer own a home. When I focus on the things we don’t have, it’s easy for me to justify my pity party.
While walking with a friend who lives in a different region of Cameroon, she mentioned how wonderful Yaounde is to her because she can get vegetables here.
While entertaining the auditor who is in town for three weeks performing the annual organization audit, she was telling of her eleven week experience in Congo. She shared how there weren’t any stores for her to shop at. She didn’t have meat during that time due to high prices. She had seven weeks without electricity. It’s all about perspective.
We are blessed that we have much produce available to us. We are blessed that we live in a city where there are some restaurants we could go to. Although we rarely go out to eat, there are options. We are blessed that we have electricity, water and internet most of the time. We are blessed that there are stores where we can purchase many products, including imported items. We are blessed that a few times a year a sea freight shipment arrives with items from the USA. We are blessed that David’s phone has international calling on it and we can call loved ones in the USA. We are blessed that we are only a 20 minute drive from the airport. We are blessed in thousands of other ways; you get the idea.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family daily. It puts a smile on my face when I think how proud Mary is of you, David, and the boys. You are certainly entitled to your “pity party”. I wish those here in the states were more appreciative of what they do have. Say hello to everyone.
Thanks Lori. It puts a smile on my face when someone talks about Mom. Hard to believe it’s already been over 10 years.
I get the idea. Perspective is everything. Thanks for the reminder
amen. i struggle with the same temptation to think about what I DON’T have living overseas. great choice to focus instead on the good gifts God has poured out on us right where we are. gifts of relationship and of opportunities to know Him better through our very need. gifts of being allowed to be involved directly in the work He’s doing! may He encourage your hearts today in His goodness!