Take a Step Back

Life would be so different if we each took a step back. If we really took a step back and looked at life. I don’t like comparing but I’ve been doing a lot of it lately. Comparing what I would consider struggling in America to other struggles I see and have now. I have to be honest that I have a hard time with it.

I used to complain when fast food places would get my order wrong, which was like all the time. I guess you could say I’m “slightly complicated” because I don’t want onions on my bacon cheeseburger, and I told them I wanted burnt bacon three times but yet when my order is sitting in front of me I can still wiggle the bacon. Now I can hardly find bacon. Sometimes we have first world problems that really aren’t that big of a deal if you know what I mean.

Because is it really important to be the best at basketball? Is it really important to have the newest model of a vehicle? Is it really that important to have the most flattering prom dress? Is it really that important to have the biggest house in town? Is it really important to get the most likes or comments on social media?

Because when I take a step back I see a world in bondage, when they could be living in freedom. I see faces of starving children searching through garbage for food. I see faces of old women who can’t see because they couldn’t afford cataract surgery. I see faces of teenagers looking around for reasons to actually live. I see faces of old men empty and hollow because alcohol has sucked life out of them. I see adults wondering if this is all they work for day to day to repeat the pain the next day.

If I take a step back further than what I normally would, I wouldn’t even be able to see the mistake on my bacon cheeseburger. It’s not really that big of a deal when I look at life and the struggles of other people. Because it’s only human to look at ourselves all the time in our own little world and forget there’s a much bigger world out there that God has created too.

So today – take a step back, look around you, and be grateful. (:

By the way though…I still wouldn’t mind having a burnt bacon cheeseburger from Wendy’s right about now. (Haha)

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