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By David H. Snyder
While growing up, I would sometimes complain to my parents about what I
considered to be the terrible problems I was experiencing at school. After Dad and
Mom told me, “It builds character,” they also responded with the reminder, “You have
a lot to be thankful for.” They taught me that no matter how much I was suffering,
there was always someone else in the world whose situation was
much worse than mine. This thought has helped me in many
ways. In this editorial, I would like to mention three of the biggest
ways this truth continues to be helpful. First, it reminds me to
appreciate the multitude of blessings I have been given.

Second, it exhorts me to minister to others. Third, it helps
me to maintain a balanced perspective about life and
eternity. Too often we forget about the goodness of God and the
multitude of blessings He has showered upon us. It is easy
to grow accustomed to the good things we possess and take them
for granted. My family and I lived in Talkeetna, Alaska, for about seven years while
planting Talkeetna Baptist Church. In my opinion, that area of the state is the best
place to view Denali (aka Mt. McKinley). It was quite a privilege to see the tallest
mountain in North America while driving to the post office. However, after living
there a few years, I almost did not notice the snow capped peak during many of my
trips to town. When someone from the Lower 48 visited us, they were amazed at
the beauty of the mountain range and would ask to stop so they could take pictures.

As Christians (particularly those of us who live in America), we have received a
countless number of blessings from God—the greatest being our salvation. We
should be continually amazed by His goodness and grace. However, many of us
have grown accustomed to God’s benevolent gifts and we do not notice them while
driving down the road of life.

Our reaction to God’s goodness should be a desire to minister to others. By
serving others we are serving God (cf., Matthew 25:34–40). It was a blessing to see
so many of you respond to the need in Nepal following the earthquake there earlier
this year. I am extremely grateful for each one who gave toward the needs of the
Nepalese devastated by the earthquake. Thank you for your generosity. As Believers,
our service to others should be from a heart of gratitude for all that God has given
us. The depth of our love and devotion to God will be in direct proportion to our
depth of understanding about everything Christ has done for us (cf., Luke 7:36ff).

The resulting effect will be a desire to express our appreciation and worship to God
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Christ in Nepal as our missionaries ministered
to others (see articles on pages 4–13). This was
made possible mainly by the generosity of those
who gave out of a heart of gratitude.

Finally, when we do not focus on ourselves and
our own problems, it enables us to maintain
a balanced perspective about life and
eternity. Life in this world is extremely short.

Conversely, eternity is not just extremely long,
it is forever. Our lives on this earth seem long
when we focus on our problems. However,
when we concentrate on the problem that every
lost person faces—dying without Christ means
an eternity in hell—our perspective changes.

Those things God allows us to acquire while
on earth will one day be corrupted, stolen, or
burnt. Those things we accomplish for the Lord
will last for all eternity (cf., Matthew 6:19–20).

When comparing our time on earth to eternity,
we quickly realize there really is no comparison.

As human beings, it
Blessed be the Lord,
is easy to focus on
who daily loadeth us
material needs and
with benefits,
even the
become unbalanced in
God of
our salvation.

our view of life. But if
Selah. (Psalm 68:19)
we concentrate on the
things of eternity, we
will have a balanced perspective. Jesus said, “seek
ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you”
(Matthew 6:33). Our first priority should not be
our own needs but rather the advancement of
His kingdom.

When problems seem overwhelming, we should
remind ourselves that “it builds character.” But
more importantly, we should remember the
multitudes of people whose problems are much
greater than our own—particularly those people
who are not saved. As we strive to maintain a
balanced perspective of life and eternity, it will be
evident that we have a lot to be thankful for! W
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