Now, when I am annoyed at something or other (like neighbors parking too close, or delays in my bus route), I remind myself - these are such first-world problems.
My son doesn't have parasites! We have clean water IN OUR HOUSE! There are toilets! My wife survived a C-section!
I know that God gives us the things He wants us to have, and it's not right or wrong to live in a rich country with so many material blessings, but it's easy to think they're important. They're not. Stewardship is important, whether of much or little, but it is the King who appoints the stewards; ours is to deal faithfully in all He gives us. And if I feel like it's such a burden to back in between my neighbor's two trucks, I need to get over myself, and remember the grace that saved me, wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked, and recall that I am bidden to buy gold refined in the fire, to buy wine and milk without price, and drink of that living water that springs up pure in all lands where Jesus is loved.
Anyway, selfishness is always close at hand, but it is poison to an adoption. Who am I to be selfish about things that were given to me for the King's use? These are just some musings I have had while we have been praying for the kids in the P***** orphanage and hoping to adopt one.