Good morning, beautiful friends!
Today our reading shares that there are actually good stats in the midst of all the bad. There is hope!
Here’s what stood out to me most:
I gently asked, “Let’s set aside what America is or is not giving and answer for ourselves: What are you doing? What I am doing?” (Interrupted pg 35)
And that’s where we really are. We stand at the intersection of extreme privilege and extreme poverty, and we have a question to answer: Do I care? Am I moved by the suffering of all nations? Am I even concerned about the homeless guy on the corner? Am I willing to take the Bible at face value and concur that God is obsessed with social justice? (Interrupted pg 35)
It will all come down to what I did. What you did. What we did together.
Of course, all I can do is make the tiniest ripple in the ocean. That’s about all you’re good for too. But it’s foolish to become paralyzed by the scope of suffering or discouraged by the limit of our reach. (Interrupted pg 36)
It’s so true – together, one by one, we CAN change the world. Your little changes in your family and your church CAN make a difference.
I love this quote from Robert F. Kennedy:
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation…
Last night I was thinking about how my perspective has shifted – in my spending, in my prayers, in my thought process around giving. God is shaping me and molding me and I want to change the path of my family. I want my girls to grow up with these things being normal for how we operate.
For example: I’ve always wanted to sponsor a child in another country, but I’ve never gotten around to actually doing it. This week – I landed on the organization and started looking! I’m ready to find two children in a different part of the world that can be part of our family. This might not be world changing, but it will change the life of 2 children. And to think that only $38 a month will cover their education, food, medicine, etc. That’s less than a date night out with Brian. This is a start for us.
God, give us the passion and boldness to do things differently. Lead us to opportunities to serve. Show us where to invest our time and dollars. Shape our thoughts and perspective to reflect the love of Jesus every single day. Amen!
I pray that you too are thinking about things differently…
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