Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday Morning’s Musings

A few days ago, I read a post on Facebook that said something along the lines of, “For the price of a new iPhone, you could provide clean water for 10 people in Africa for one year.” It really got me thinking….

Before I was a believer, and I know I’m not alone, I thought, “If there’s a God who loves everyone, how can He let people in this world die of starvation?” I tend to see things differently now. I understand that He gave people Free Will. The iPhone statement has been rolling around in my head for the last few days along with these thoughts:

For the price of a Coach purse, you could provide a family in Ethiopia enough supplimental food to go from malnourished to having enough, for several years.

For the price of a monthly manicure and pedicure you could provide 4 families with enough mosquito repelling bed nets to keep up to 20 people dying from malaria.

For the price of a weeks vacation at Disney for a family you could provide 16 families in Ghana enough supplimental food to survive the hardest months of the year.

For the price of one ticket to the NBA finals, you could rebuild or renovate 4 (or up to 15 or more depending on where the seat was)houses in Burkina Faso.

For less than half a month’s worth of daily specialty coffee drinks, you could sponsor a child through Compassion International.

While it is easy to shift the blame and ask, “How could God allow this?” It isn’t so easy to look at ourselves and ask how WE could allow this. Now, please hear me out, I am not saying that people in general are wrong for buying things. What I am saying is that, Americans as a whole, are pretty blessed. We really do have so much, we’ve been given resources that others in this world haven’t. We can all be better stewards of what God has given us. Let’s stop pointing our fingers at God and, instead, reach out our hand to others.


mamabear said...

Amen! This is exactly how I look at it, and how I would respond if questioned about this issue, especially by a non-believer. God provided enough. More than enough. And he allows for the opening of our riches-burdened eyes, too, via earthquakes and other tragedies that make it on radio news and TV news and magazines.

Keep writing! Praise God for you!

Rebecca said...

Living in our culture it is sometimes hard to remember that all we have been given belongs to the Lord, and that we must be good stewards. I pray that our blessings would not become idols of worship, but rather tools that we may use to serve the poor and reach the lost. Thanks for the reminder.

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Katie said...

Beautiful ideas Michelle! Thanks for these ideas, we are considering foster parenting for the same reason.

Julie (Dan) said...

You are so right. You took my toughts and put it into a great post! (I've never been good with words.) I often think.. "goodness, I'm so selfish. Why am I buying this when I should be helping someone else!?"
God provided enough. It's just people, even me (I'm learning!!), who need to make a difference in the world. We can make it work. We just need to live with less so we can give to the people who have nothing at all.

JD said...

I totally agree... I have a feeling that anyone asking God "How could you allow this to happen?" will be asked the same question in return.

If you have any ideas on how to encourage a non-believer husband to embrace the way our hearts are led, please share!

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