So many well-known authors and leaders (people with far more wisdom, insight and eloquence) have written and spoken about this topic. So just understand that the following thoughts are by a 23 year old girl...who just woke up.
I was reading some this morning about the impoverished and malnourished children of the world. It's hard to read. It's challenging and heart-wrenching to know that so many children are out there suffering when I have so much. Matt and I also watched Hotel Rwanda this weekend...a great movie but so difficult to watch. How did I not know this genocide was happening? We also watched the Brad Pitt interview last night...He talked about some of the work he's done in Africa and the idea that this generation can see the end of world hunger. I respect and admire what he's doing...
All of these things have made me rethink what I'm doing in this world. Why am I worried about such selfish, trivial things? Why do I have all the food I could ever want, yet these children have nothing? Why do I buy starbucks coffee? Do I really need that? Of course I don't need it (but it sure is good). Anyways...I read some of the following this morning on Compassion International's website (www.compassion.com). Some food for thought...
“’I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink’ … Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’ … The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”
Matthew 25:35a, 37, 40
"There are 2,103 verses of Scripture pertaining to the poor. Jesus Christ only speaks of judgment once. It is not all about the things that the church bangs on about. ... It is about the poor. 'I was naked and you clothed me. I was a stranger and you let me in.' This is at the heart of the gospel. Why is it that we seem to have forgotten this? Why isn't the church leading this [AIDS] movement? The church ought to be ready to do that."
-Bono (Lead singer for the Irish rock group, U2)