Monday, June 24, 2013

Quote of the Day:   “My mother said the cure for thinking too much about yourself was helping somebody who was worse off than you.” ― Sylvia Plath

Because we have the internet and satellite television, we see every day how much others have and how much we have left behind.  We see commercials for pizza, home delivered food, modern pharmaceuticals, kitchens with the latest appliances, cars that are safe and have navigation aids--we have none of these.  We see shows and movies about families and friends and the good times they have together, and we know that that is not for us, not here.  It would be very easy to be bitter, resentful, and jealous of all that we do not have.  It would be very easy to wish for, crave, want, and lust after all the trappings of modern society in a developed country.  However, we do not miss all the things and relationships we do not have because we are where God wants us to be,  doing what God wants us to do--and that makes us very happy.  It is also true that we are surrounded by poverty and want such that we would feel very ashamed of having what we see on tv and the internet when no one around us could have the same.   It's hard to miss having diet sodas when no one else has them either.  We have learned from the people we serve to thank God for what we have.  We are content with what we have.  The Apostle Paul said that all he used to value was rubbish and was now content with what he had.  Amen.  Our joy comes not from things other cultures cherish but from knowing that we are, at the least, giving one drink of water to one of the least of these.  It is enough.
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