Monday, January 17, 2011

“God Never Intended…” : Wise Words from a King

I was just reading the blog Sit a Spell and came across a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that brought me to tears.

"God never intended for a group of people to live in superfluous, inordinate wealth while others live in abject, deadening poverty. God intends for all of His children to have the basic necessities of life, and He has left in this universe enough and to spare for that purpose. So I call upon you to bridge the gulf between abject poverty and superfluous wealth." In 1962, King preached, "I see hungry boys and girls in this nation and other nations and think about the fact that we spend more than a million dollars a day storing surplus food. And I say to myself 'I know where we can store that food free of charge - in the wrinkled stomachs of the millions of people in our nation and in this world who go to bed hungry at night.'" -- Huffington Post


You know, I struggle sometimes.  We live in a world where people spend hundreds of dollars on designer purses.  Thousands of dollars on Disney vacations.  Yet, thousands of children die every. single. day.  Children whose lives could have been spared from a $2 medication or $5 in supplimental food.

It is so hard to balance all of this in my head and my heart.  My mind weighs heavy, even when mulling over the possibility of buying myself a $2 potted crocus at the grocery store.   That $2 could literally save a life.

No matter how you look at it, we do live in a land of wealth.  Dr. King’s words ring true. There is enough in this world for everyone.  We just have to share

One great way to share is to sponsor a child through Compassion International.



Jill Foley said...

I've struggled with this "brokenness" for several years now. I find that at the times I'm not struggling with it, I'm missing what God wants for me. For me, the brokenness, the struggle, is a good thing....when I lose sight of it I start taking things for granted and forget what God has called me to.

Thank you for this reminder today.

Joyful said...
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Joyful said...

What a wonderful post Michelle. I share your heaviness about what to spend money on and since my first trip to Africa some years ago I am determined to do what I can to help as many children (and adults) as I can from hunger. Thank you for stopping by my blog and clarifying some things about Compassion's Children and for directing me here for ideas about letter writing. I will most definitely look at your tips and suggestions. God bless xx

Jessica said...

I'm the same way. Sometimes it really weighs on, I feel like I just live in constant guilt, which isn't the freedom I think I'm supposed to feel in Christ. Sometimes I wish I were still ignorant, you know ... with all those blissful people. :)

steph said...

Hey Michelle I was wondering what Compassion Center Your sweet Bertille was from? Our Timothee is in Burkina Faso also at BF 305- CIE Fleuve de Grace Wayalghin. :O)

Deanna said...

Thanks Michelle for your post. It is a struggle sometimes to find balance.

My friend just sent me this verse:

"Much will be required of the person entrusted with much and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more." - Luke 12:48

Teena said...

Thanks Michelle.... I appreciate your words.


Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

I do agree that the brokenness is a good thing, Jill. At least for the most part. Good things are sometimes very hard. I know that God placed this on my heart for a reason, though.

Joyful, thanks for stopping by! :D

Jessica, I hear you. There is sometimes guilt, but I do feel a sense of freedom in not being too pulled by the popular belief that we all need more, more more.

Steph, Bertille goes to BF122.

Deanna, that verse is very good, I am going to add it to my prayer journal!

Teena, I appreciate YOU too, my dear!! <3

Kristi said...


Thank you for all you do here Michelle. I am brought to tears thinking about all the children that just need to be given a chance. I write and send "stuff" to both my sponsored kids every month, sometimes more.

Thank you again for all your support and your prayers.

chipsndip4ever said...

Thanks for your help with the blog info... I'm excited to be a part of Compassion and am looking forward to using many of your WONDERFUL writing and gift ideas!! thanks so much!

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