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Marlene and I have been fortunate enough to go on some outreach trips to areas of the world that aren’t as blessed as we are (Thailand , Cambodia, Malaysia, Africa, Guatemala, etc.).


Remembering what we saw in contrast to what we have and where we live, has been a constant reminder that contentment is about how I choose to look at things.  Here are some ideas of my real life problems.


 My Problems vs. Third World Problems


· A rock went through the radiator of my truck – not a cheap fix!            


· No vehicle – just worn out shoes


· My lawn has turned so brown – can’t wait for the water restrictions to be lifted


· Walking 12 miles for drinking water and carry it back to the hut


· The line up at Costco was crazy long and I when I got home no one helped me unpack all the groceries


· So happy we got some rice to eat today


· The speaker a church on Sunday was a little boring


· If we get caught with a bible – we could go to jail or even worse


· The internet and electricity was down for days...what a hassle


· No internet and no electricity


· I had to wait in the doctor’s office for 30 minutes 


· There is a doctor coming to the village next month – a 2 day line up to be seen



So when I find myself in a “bad mood”, bored, or just dealing with life challenges, I ask myself how my first world problems compare to the similar 3rd world problem.


It is a game changer and contentment follows…


Your friends in the business,

Larry & Marlene