Reality check — Top 100 First World Problems


Economic disparity, broken relationships, honor of self and neighbor, there are many real problems at the heart of who we are and how we live our lives here in America. But on a day-to-day basis, it is pretty easy to become complacent, to forget to be grateful for all of the big picture problems that we do not have to face from the moment we we wake up in the morning, to the moment we close ourselves behind multiple secure doors and crawl into a warm soft bed to sleep at night.

The following video points to the things more likely to set off our upset/annoyance level. The next time we encounter one of these “real problems,” take a moment and reflect. What am I really upset about? Is this a “problem” worth my time and attention, or is there something else more demanding, more redeeming, more purposeful that I could or should set my mind to right now, or in place of putting myself in this situation again? Remember the invitation of the season of Lent, to let go of things that are taking up space in your life, so that God might have room to make room for something new in you, and something new in the world through you.

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