MUST READ: You Think You Have it Bad

9:26 AMHeather

A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to a term I'd never heard before.  It's "RPP"--or Rich People's Problems.   If you've ever watched Downton Abbey, you see glaring examples there.  The valet is sent off to war.  Whatever shall Lord Grantham do now when it's time to dress for dinner?  Definitely an RPP.  Or, the rumors of diva ranting when you hear that a celebrity flies off the handle about the temperature of her bottled water in her dressing room.  Yep, RPP.   How about the time I was watching the Kardashians (don't judge me, I've quit that bad habit)...and Kim was SO mad because the private plane couldn't come swoop her from Las Vegas at 8 am and She. Had. To. Fly. Commercial.  RPP.

So, I sat back and chuckled at this little concept of RPPs.  Cause, I ain't rich.  Oh, I'm rich in the love of blessings and freedoms and God's forgiveness.  But, we don't have a big bank account. I don't drive a brand new car, and I don't buy clothes unless they're on sale.  Yes, indeed.  I was feeling pretty sure of myself being completely immune from RPPs.  

And, then THIS video came across Facebook, just days later, from www.waterislife.com.  (Please watch it.  Yep, another bossy must watch directive from this blogger).

Makes me need to clear my throat and take a good hard look in the mirror.  Because here's the real truth of the everyday struggles of Americans.

Most of our aggravations and complaints are RPPs.   

Let me say that again.  If we were to stop and take inventory each day, we'd realize that MOST of what irritates us and drives us to write gripey Facebook status updates are RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS.

The mere fact that you can read this blog--because you obviously have a computer and internet--is a neon sign pointing to this truth.  We are constantly brought down and defeated by RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS.   We let the Enemy come in and steal our joy and contentment because we are wound up with Rich People Problems.  
So, just to prove my point here today, I did a little internet research.  Darn, I had to click through 3 links before I found what I was looking for.  A-NNOY-ING.  

According to www.mainstreet.com, this is the list of What Annoys Americans the Most:



21. Inaccurate weather forecasts
20.  Passwords and pins
19.  Speeding drivers
18.  Checkout lines
17.  Shouting on TV or radio shows
16.  Poor airline service
15.  Noisy neighbors
14.  Traffic jams
13.  Unreliable cell phone service
12.  Very slow drivers
11.   Shrunken products
10.  Spam
9.  Waiting for repair people
8.  Discourteous cell phone users
7.  Unreliable internet service
6.  Dog poop
5.  Incomprehensible bills
4.  Cell phone use by drivers
3.  Tailgating
2.  Not getting a human on the phone
1.  Hidden fees

Every single one is a Rich People Problem.  Really.  I mean it.   The next time you feel your blood pressure rising and that your day is falling apart, consider for yourself, "Is this an RPP?  A Rich People's Problem?"

If you need a little help, here is a plumb line for you.  This is a list of the biggest problems in Third World countries (in no particular order this time), according to www.Ezinearticles.com and www.Socyberty.com:

1.  Poverty--which means insufficient resources to live a healthy life (WATER, FOOD, SHELTER, MEDICAL CARE) 

2. Water--clean, usable water

2.  Overpopulace

3.  Globalization and technological advances mean rich countries get richer and poor countries get poorer

4.  Unemployment

5.  Main breadwinner dies, family left with no resources

6.  Lack of hygiene which leads to spread of diseases, including many preventable diseases


Glimpse of GRACE:  If you've been following my blog for the past few weeks, you're sensing a pattern.  God is definitively and repeatedly driving home a point that what breaks his heart is the poor and oppressed around the world.  And he wants it to break my heart, too.  In the meantime, I let myself get wound up with my little RPPs.  Ugh.  Can't get WiFi here.  DRAT.  What am I going to wear today?  As I stand in a closet full of choices.  You've got to be kidding me?  Why aren't more check-out lines open?!  

I am feeling the challenge.  And, I hope you join me.  I intend to be doing some major self-inventory every time I am irritated.  Is this REALLY a problem?  Or, is this merely an RPP?  

Bloggy friends, it's time.  Time to wake up and realize.  We think we have it bad.  All the while, there are millions of orphans and  hungry and poor all around the world, wondering if they'll see the light of day tomorrow.  

So, what are we going to do about it?  

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.  Proverbs 19:17

Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.   Proverbs 28:27

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? James 2:5

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