Ever since I was a little kid I’ve loved Thanksgiving. In fact, it’s my favorite holiday of the year. I have great memories of my mom cooking in the kitchen, making the whole house smell amazing, while we were all forced to be EXTREMELY patient and wait for her to finish the amazing feast we were about to devour. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, you name it…everything she makes is delicious.
I don’t like to admit this, but I used to think Thanksgiving was about hanging out with my family and eating as much of my mom’s delicious food as I possibly could. I kind of missed the point of Thanksgiving, and I think a lot of us still do.
Don’t get me wrong, on Thanksgiving (like most people) I’ve always been thankful for my family and for the food I was shoveling in my mouth, but there’s so much more to this great holiday.
It wasn’t until I was a bit older that I realized Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, not only for your family and the food on the table…it’s about being thankful for EVERYTHING!
Sadly, there are so many people in the world who are praying for the things we take for granted. Here are a few things we should all be thankful for…
1. Your Ability to Read
If you can read this post you are ahead of the 780 million people in the world who can’t read. You are fortunate enough to have received an adequate education to learn how to read. Unfortunately, every year over 121 Million children in the world do not receive any type of formal education.
2. Money In Your Checking and Savings Accounts
Did you know that over 1 Billion people in the world live on less than $1 a day? What’s even more shocking is that over three billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. That’s almost half the world population. If you have some money in the bank, and some spare change in your wallet you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
3. Electricity In Your Home
In the world we are living in over 1.6 billion people live without electricity. That’s over a quarter of humanity.
4. The Roof Over Your Head
On any given night there are 578,424 people experiencing homelessness in the United States. According to estimates, 100 million people worldwide are literally homeless. There are close to 1,000 million people who live in slums or shanty-towns across the globe.
5. Clean Water
Over 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases. A mere 12 percent of the world’s population uses 85 percent of its water.
Approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished. About 21,000 people die every day of hunger. That’s one person every four seconds! What’s even more shocking is that 1,250,000 million children starve to death every year.
So this Thanksgiving, remember to be thankful for everything you have in your life…even the things you often overlook. Be thankful for your ability to read. Be thankful for the clean water you can drink. Be thankful for the money you have. Be thankful for electricity in your home. Be thankful for the roof over your head. Be thankful for the food you have to eat. Be thankful for these things today, and but every day you are alive.
Live your life EVERYDAY giving thanks for the blessings you have because there are millions of people in the world who have a fraction of what you have been blessed with.
Just remember, somewhere someone is praying for the things you take for granted. Please share this post with someone you think would enjoy it. Have a great day, be thankful, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.