By Kristen Johnson
Rev. Kevin Zaborney created National Whiners Day in 1986 in hopes of encouraging people to be thankful for what they have instead of being unhappy “whining” about what they do not have. (National Day Calendar)
As one who has a natural inclination for whining, it is always nice to be reminded to be grateful, instead of whiny. I’m guessing the founder of this fun holiday got tired of listening to people complain about what they didn’t get for Christmas, when there is real suffering out there.
Refugees: 34,000 people are forcibly displace everyday. Currently, there are 21.3 million refugees, and 10 million stateless people. (UN Refugee Agency).
Child Labor: An estimated 150 million children are involved in child labor. The practice is the highest in sub-Saharan Africa. (Unicef).
Homelessness: In January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless in the U.S. on a given night, and of those 206,286 were families. About 15% of the homeless population is considered chronically homeless, and about 8% of the homeless population are veterans. (National Alliance to End Homelessness).
Domestic Violence: In the U.S., approximately 20 people per minute are abused by a partner. 1 in 15 children are exposed to that violence each year, and 90% of those children are eyewitnesses to the abuse. More than 20,000 phone calls are placed to domestic violence hotlines on an average day in the U.S. (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence).
Rather than focusing on whining about things that don’t matter, it’s certainly better to count ourselves lucky if we do not fit into any of the categories above (or in any other category of people suffering throughout the world.)
Why not go one step further and help people suffering throughout the world, in celebration of National Whiner’s Day? Here are a few ideas:
Doctors Without Borders: This fabulous organization works to provide medical aid and humanitarian assistance to people suffering in acute crises. They work with people caught in war zones, disaster zones, as well as refugees and forgotten people. Make a donation here: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm
Unicef: They work in 190 countries to protect children. They provide shelter, food, education, and protection from natural disasters. Make a donation here: https://www.unicefusa.org/help/donate.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): The largest anti-sexual violence organization in the U.S., they work on programs to prevent violence, to assist victims, and to bring perpetrators to justice. They also run the National Sexual Abuse Hotline. Make a donation here: https://donate.rainn.org.
Quit whining and be a blessing to someone else today.
Galatians 6:2 (NRSV): Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill[a] the law of Christ.
Serve all with love.
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