As I sat at the kitchen table eating my mini-wheats with my son this morning, I could not divert my mind from one thought: a child is starving. No, scratch that. Children are starving.
Most of this world lives on a fragment of the paycheck my husband brings home every two weeks. Sherpas who risk their lives to guide expeditions to the summit of Everest every year make $5,000 per year, which is more than twice the average per capita income of a household in Nepal.
So why do I say all this? What can one person do? The easy response would be one of complacency. To turn the other way and say, “I can’t make an impact by myself” or “Someone else should really do something about that.”
Maybe that someone is me. My husband. Maybe we as a family could make an impact for Christ and change the life of a child.
Imagine if each person in this country said, “Instead of doing nothing, I’m going to do something.”
This Proverbs 31 woman I’ve been studying seems perfect from the outside, but I know that her grace of character, devotion to her work and love for others come from the Lord. Her piety does not stop with her own family, however. She is also committed to helping those in poverty:
“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.”
She opens her arms. She extends what she has. Perhaps that is a meal. Clothing. Comfort. Money. The possibilities are endless. The point is this: She gives. She gives something. And God blesses her for it.
If I turn my back on someone in need, I turn my back on God.
So what do we do? Just do something. God can take our something, when it’s done with love, and turn into the miraculous.
A year ago, my family resolved to do more. To give more. After years of poor choices, consuming debt, stress-filled arguments over finances and sleepless nights, we decided it was time for a change.
While we were struggling to make our next car payment, families across the globe were wondering how they were going to eat their next meal.
Our first decision? Give to God first and ourselves second. God’s people first and ourselves second. What’s beautiful is that this decision didn’t just affect the church and people across the globe. It changed us.
Our next commitment was to support a missionary family in Haiti who is providing fresh water, food, a burn clinic, and most of all: love. Each time we take another step, God pushes us to do more.
The joy of sacrifice is so much greater than the joy of consumption.
Our Creator can take what we give and multiply it tenfold. Because that’s what He does.
God looks not at the amount or the number, but the heart of the giver. And the more I seek Him and desire to be like Him, the more I want to open my hands.
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