Thursday, April 14, 2005

Perspective

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The Reading Center was back open this week, and my daughter and I were able to help. There, I met a woman with 10 children (her youngest was there for help with homework) and 11 grandchildren. I was working on a cross-stitch project while I was waiting for my "assignments," and this woman became fascinated with what I was doing saying she had never seen anything like it before. I was suddenly struck with the reality of the vast differences between our two worlds and of how even more different it must be to live in an impoverished third world country. Here, I was face to face with a woman who truly never had opportunity to develop any of the homemaking arts because she was too busy just trying to feed and clothe her family. It is all too easy for American Christians to be set apart from the world in the wrong sense. We are not to be worldly, but we are not to be out of touch with the needs of the world. We may think ourselves moral because we do not commit any of the "major" sins, but how well do we really love our neighbors as ourselves? Surely, there is more that each of us can do. The early church in Jerusalem gave and shared freely, and when they did not have enough to share, it is reported that they would fast for 2 or 3 days in order to give to those who had greater need. Have you loved your neighbor today?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a gift you have....

I look forward to each of your posts. They always inspire me and give me much to think about.

My DH and I have spent much time discussing some of your posts.

Thank you for taking the time to write and challenge us.

Joan

Calla Lilly said...

Wow! Thank you! Mainly I write these blogs to myself. I find that if I put my thoughts down on "paper," I am able to carry them to the next logical step and act on them appropriately - like a spring board for myself. I am honored that you would find inspirations or challenges in my writings.