I first heard this term when our water filter at work broke. 

A sign went on the filter that said something along the lines of:

 “Please don’t use this filter to fill up your Nalgene bottles,  then there is no filtered cold water for people who just want a glass during the day, thank you – the management”. 

Underneath of this typed up note in scribbly permanent marker was written:

 “#firstworldproblems”- (no doubt written by one of our hilarious graphic artists).

Every since I saw that though, I think about it, what consists as first world problems?  Since seeing that sign I see and hear that phrase used jokingly all the time, and usually in very true contexts.

One way I am learning to apply this is the way I think about our living situation now that we have a baby on the way.

It is mentally exhausting to house hunt working with a smaller budget and not liking certain areas of your city, and not knowing what will happen with jobs.  You might be thinking… why are you even house hunting then?

Haha here is why we have been house hunting- 

I have it in my little head that I should bring a baby home to… a home. 

Not an apartment and not a place that will be in transition, a place we are already almost too big for without our little one.  I picture a place where our child can go outside and explore and discover God’s creation and about itself.  Where I can let him or her ride their bike and not have to worry about the street.  I picture a place that does not have a busy road because they should be able to hear the crickets on summer nights and birds and lawn mowers in the spring and summer mornings.  I picture a porch where we can sit on rockers or our Adirondacks and drink sweet tea and lemonade.  I picture a yard where I can grow a little garden and teach them that God’s bounty and provision comes from sowing and reaping, and honestly a lot of hard work for little fruit, but that it doesn’t just come from groceries stores, and that other people work really hard to give our bodies nutrition. 

I could really go on and on but I’m getting choked up and I don’t want to right now.

I blame my parents; I had the coolest neighborhood ever.  Imagine tons of children playing in the meadow, making forts, riding bikes, popping tar bubbles, chasing frozen custard trucks, camping in backyards, etc.  Just kidding mom and dad, I wouldn’t trade it for a second, you just set the standards high is all 😉

Wanting a home, even that meets the description I gave above are not sinful things, none of these things are too much, too extravagant, etc.  But you know what they are?…. yep.  #firstworldproblems

My girl Court and I are studying worry and anxiety, the book of Matthew is a huge reference for this topical study and you know what is said in them: that God clothes the lilies of the field and he feeds the birds of the air.  How much more will he care for us?!

And then in Luke 9:58,

And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

You know why?  Because this earth was NOT His home.  He knew where His home was.  In heaven where He was before the world began.

You know what is true for God’s children?  This is not our home.  We were made for heaven.  This earth is temporary. 

That isn’t the message we are inundated by daily by the world though…”need a nice home, need a garage, need a job with full benefits, need a 5 year plan, need investments, yada yada yada, the list goes on!  And it’s not that these things are bad in and of themselves, it’s just that they aren’t everything and they certainly are not the most important.  Most people in this world don’t own their own homes, they don’t have clean water, they struggle for food, they don’t have access to health care, etc etc!

So you see, my mind is struggling with #firstworldproblems.

Everything material on this earth is temporary and will not last.  So what kind of important home life do I want to sow in my babies?  Character, dependence on Christ, grace, truth, forgiveness, mercy, discipline, self-control and of course homemade meals, cuddle time, story hour and all those other fun things.

This is the truth though, I can do that in an apartment and we are MORE than blessed to be able to do that.  We have a roof over our head, we have more than enough food on the table, we have almost every gadget you could need, we have clothes on our back and too many in our drawers and closets, the list goes on and on.  In all honesty, the apartment feels small because we have a lot of stuff we don’t need, but sure make aspects of life fun and enjoyable. 

So in reality, we have no idea whether we will buy or keep renting in the next 2 months, 6 months, or year.  But He knows our days, the number of hairs on our head, our sitting up and our standing, our thoughts… He certainly knows what He has planned for us and that’s enough to take comfort in.  It’s not up to me to figure it all out.  I know these things; it’s just a matter of reminding myself and believing them.

He has always guided us; we have no reason to believe He won’t still and every reason to believe He will.  We are thankful for today, for His provision today and yesterday. 

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis

oh and please, someone tell this pregnant lady she is not alone in this? what are your #firstworldproblems?


Posted on January 13, 2012, in Bible Study, Bible Verses, children, Christian Men, Christian Women, Godly Home, Newport News, Thoughts and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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