I went to the grocery today, which I usually do every week. I walked through the store with my cart (buggy if you’re in the south), looking carefully at labels, seeking out the advertised specials, etc. The collection of items in my cart grew larger and larger. I paid it little mind, going about my usual routine through the various departments, picking up products as I went. I rang out at the register and was pleased that I had scored some really good deals (I love bargains). I walked out, loaded the van, went home and put away my purchases. A good day, right? For me, yes. For others, maybe not so much.
While I was in the store, I wonder how many children in various parts of the world were desperately looking for food in garbage dumps- if they were blessed enough to even be near a dump? How many people could not find safe water to drink? How many people died of starvation while I casually shopped? How many children were abused in the twisted world of human trafficking while I checked out at the register? How many people were tortured for their faith while I put my groceries away? I wonder how many people in poverty could eat for a week on all the food that was stacked in my cart?
We tend to forget how truly blessed we are. If you have food to eat each day, clean water to drink, and a roof over your head, you are rich indeed. The Lord wants us to be prosperous and healthy- there’s no denying that. And He does not want us to feel guilty for being blessed. However, He does want us to be grateful for what we have and to help others.
Today as we sit in our air conditioned homes, watch our televisions, and snack on our food, let us take a moment to sincerely thank God for the blessings we tend to take for granted. And once we have done that, let’s find a way to be a blessing to someone who does not have what we do. Help an organization that feeds the poor or one that digs water wells or rescues children from slavery. Volunteer in a soup kitchen or a food pantry. Help out at a crisis pregnancy center. Reach out to a lonely senior citizen. Do something. Yes, the need in the world is overwhelming, but every one of us can do something. And that is the only way to approach it- by doing what good we can do to bring the compassion of Christ to a hurting world.
How true and faithful is this message! I want you to especially emphasize these truths, so that those who believe in God will be careful to devote themselves to doing good works. It is always beautiful and profitable for believers to do good works. Titus 3:8 (The Passion Translation, TPT)
What will you do to help?