I was driving along this morning and if I am to be really honest with you, I was feeling quite sorry for myself.  My family and I have undergone tremendous hardship over the last 60 days and I needed a pity party.   I have felt like it has been pretty close to the brink of “too much”.  Maybe you’ve been there.  Maybe you know the feelings of exhaustion, stress, pressure, and anger, of which I write. 

As I was driving along, I began to pray about why God would allow me to endure such hardship.  Of course, we all have them, but today, I wasn’t really worried about anybody’s else’s hardships – just my own.  All of a sudden, I had a very random, yet profound thought.

”Imagine your life without contacts.”

I know.  It was totally random.  But as I began to think about it, it hit me deeply.  My very minor eyesight problem is quickly remedied with a prescription for which I drive two miles to get filled.  There are thousands around the world who have no access to medical care or eye care and they sit in a small hut with blurry vision.  Do you see where I am going with this?

It is said that Americans are by far the richest on the earth.  We have the most luxuries of almost every kind, luxuries like running water and sewage, food, cars, houses, flowers in our gardens, more clothes than most can house in one closet, and on and on the list goes.  

Even on my weakest day, in my most disparaging moments,  I am blessed beyond measure.  And for that simple truth, I am deeply grateful and humbled.

What about you?  Do you have healthy kids? Do you have a car? Do you have a roof over your head? Food to eat? Friends? Family? Flowers in your front yard? A local park to walk in?

Author/Speaker, Jennifer Maggio, is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on single parent issues.  She is a regular on television and radio and founded Overwhelmed: The Single Parents Magazine.  She is author of Overwhelmed: The Life of a Single Mom which has been met with fast success and her highly-anticipated second book, The Church and the Single Mom, released June 30, 2011.  For more information, visit http://www.thelifeofasinglemom.com.

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