After a day of buying stuff, sorting, organizing and purging stuff – then cleaning stuff, putting stuff away, getting more stuff out, picking the kid’s stuff off the floor, rearranging stuff and thinking of stuff that I still would like to buy – I read this blog post…
It’s such a wake-up call to see how a huge percent of the world lives… without stuff. Without even the basic stuff that they actually NEED, they somehow manage to do without. Their lives aren’t consumed by their stuff like our lives our, they are too worried about their daily survival. Like the family shown in the blog, they are living in abject poverty and for a moment, I’m strangely envious. Not of their life of poverty and lack of choice, but the freedom of not being fettered down and tied to all the stuff that we hold so dear. They really truly need God in their lives as they have real needs that they get to see God fill. We on the other hand don’t think we need God because we can try to fill the God-sized void in our lives with all our stuff. And stuff can be mind-numbingly distracting. And the crazy thing is, I can honestly say (because I’ve been there) that for the most part we aren’t any happier than those people in Ecuador. Isn’t it crazy that our stuff doesn’t make us happy? But there is joy when God meets our needs.
So if you want a practical way to help – check out Compassion‘s website and you can sponsor a child in Ecuador or another country where there are children in need – and start sharing some of your stuff today!
P.S. You can trust Compassion – I worked there for 10 years and we sponsor a boy in Ethiopia. 🙂