we can’t end poverty

March 21, 2010 at 12:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. — Deuteronomy 15:11 (NIV)

I’ve read some great stuff lately that have helped me gain a better perspective on the abilities, gifts, and resources God has given me. Trying to answer the “why me” questions. And especially the “why them.” Why do I have so much, and why do others have so little? Here’s the short of my general worldview at the moment:

1) I don’t know. 2) God wants to me to “be openhanded.” I think this is as much attitude as measurable impact. 3) God is sad when his kids suffer. 4) I’m gonna do something about that. 5) I can’t do it all, and neither can you. But we sure can do something. 6) And that something really, really matters to that someone.

Check out this post from Compassion’s blog.

What are you doing to bring comfort and hope and Jesus to the poor? I’d really like to know. Maybe we can do it together.

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  1. It’s like the sandollars on the beachposter says, “it matters to that one.” We may not be able to fix the world, but we CAN make a difference.
    My family gets involoved with the children’s shelter. They always need volunteers, and can use financial support while expanding their buildings.
    The Manna Center also often needs help with sorting and distributing.
    That said, I believe it’s often overlooked to just help people directly. A pastor that I heard once said he keeps $10 and $20 Wal-Mart cards in his wallet…in case he sees anyone in line around him struggling to pay. It’s a discreet and kind way to help.
    Then there are the children that just need an adult to pay attention to them. They are everywhere, and they need love even more then money.

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