As Americans, we are often easily frustrated with what are called First World Problems. Here are a few examples (feel free to add your own!):
• When you say something on social media which you think is really clever, but hardly anyone "likes" it!
• When your kids put dishes in the dishwasher, BEFORE they unload it. Now, you have to play the game of which one is clean.
• When you run out of hot water for the shower because someone else took too long.
• When you and your spouse can’t agree on what temperature to keep the thermostat.
• When your phone battery dies before you get home from work to charge it.
• When you're eating chips, crunching so loudly that you can’t hear the TV. So annoying!
• When you get chicken tenders from the drive through, but they forget the dipping sauce.
For most of us, the worst discomforts we face each week are trivial. That's why it is so hard to relate to all that Jesus did for us when he came to earth and suffered on the cross. The Bible says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance" (James 1:2, 3).
Every time we patiently endure suffering, major or minor, we become a little bit more like Christ. But don't be concerned if you blow it over some trivial thing. God will give you another chance, and another, and another, etc., until, with practice, you demonstrate the longsuffering of Jesus.
First world problems are no problem to God. Rather, each one is an opportunity for you and me to grow in Christlikeness.