IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE Andy Hollifield 4-6-19
According to the World Health Organization about 153, 424 people die each day. Of course it changes from day-to-day. There is good news pertaining to that though; if you are reading this, you weren’t among them. The National Center for Health Statistics data shows that out of 323.13 million people in the United States (2016), more than 7708 die each day on average. Today wasn’t your day. According to the HUD Annual Homeless Assessment Report in 2017, there were around 554,000 people homeless on a given night in this country. The chances are pretty good that if you are seeing this right now, you probably weren’t among them. Also according to Answers.com, in the US around 3000 people got to jail every day. Hopefully, you won’t be among them today and you most likely weren’t yesterday. Answers also say that on average 95,890 people check into a hospital each day. Hopefully this number didn’t include you yesterday and if it did, it could always be worse. You could have been among the 7708 that died in the US yesterday. There are said to be around 6,420,000 traffic accidents in a year in the US and out of these there are 2.9 million people injured and 42,700 deaths. According to Feeding America, 12 million children in the United States face hunger every day. They go on to say that in America, 1 in 6 children may not know where their next meal is coming from.
I know that is a lot of numbers but my question is this: Were you included in any of them? If you weren’t, you have plenty to be thankful for. A lot of times if we aren’t careful, we will begin to talk ourselves into being a victim of some bad circumstance. That only serves to discredit our God and make him look weak like he can’t provide for us. How are we going to turn anyone to Christ if we portray him in that manner? The simple fact is that we aren’t likely to. Some of my favorite sayings when someone asks me how im doing is to say “I woke up on the topside of the dirt so I am better than a lot of people.” I also like to say, “My eyes popped upon this morning and my feet hit the floor under my own power so I can’t complain.”
Do you get my point? If you didn’t find yourselves in any of the stats I listed, then you are far better off than a lot of people. So today, when you start to complain about something, just ask yourself if it’s really that bad. We should develop an attitude of gratitude and give God the glory for all he has given us. I hope this has been an eye-opener and a blessing. With every storm cloud, there is always a silver lining. Sometimes, you just have to look for it. It could always be worse. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!