I struggle with my post from this morning. I think it's a "living in the tension" thing (yes, I know, I'm obsessed with Pastor Jon's axioms). I don't want to be a "you can't live in America" kind of person who just trashes this country and our money. . .or who doesn't see the needs of the Rich. Because I do. . I really do. I think some people are blessed financially to live in "that world" so as to be a light in a dark place. I think the person shopping at Tiffany's needs Jesus just as much as the little girl dying in Africa. But, I also know that I'll answer for how I spent HIS money. I know that something just seems wrong when (in Amy's words from her comment) "my children eat like royalty while theirs starve to death."
How do we find the balance? Maybe this struggle is the balance. Maybe it is in never being comfortable in this world. . .in longing for balance . . .in living an awareness. . .and asking the Lord each time. My problem is being ok with it when He does allow me to spend. When He says, "go out with your hubby and DON'T give him a dirty look when he orders an appetizer, salad and dessert". That's where I sometimes need balance too.
here's my thought from today. . while eating dinner~
Did our parents kind of mess us up with the rule /phrase, "eat everything on your plate because there are children dying in Africa" ? (my mom didn't actually have this rule, but many did and we were trying to enforce it with Brayden tonight)
I think it was intended to bring gratefulness for provision. . .but did it? Most of us ended with "so send it!" knowing that wasn't a possiblity.
So, could it have (in a subconcious way) pushed our nation to "consume everything in front of you"? That's basically what we told Brayden. Eat what's on your plate. Consume.
Well, we couldn't send our leftover mac n cheese to Africa. . .but we grew up to be consumers of everything in front of us.
now, the Lord is asking the same question of our money or time or talents or resources. Are you going to eat all of that?
because this time. . .
we can choose
to send it, give it, or use it.
“When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all
we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined.” (Bono)