I wake up every morning from my nice comfy bed….with my a/c in the summer and heat in the winter. I get in my shower with hot, clean running water, then dry my hair with a hair dryer that is sustained by electricity….and turns on with the simplest flick of a switch. I get dressed in one of the many outfits that line my closet….outfits for summer, fall, winter and spring. I eat a tasty breakfast….cereal, bread, fruit, pancakes, waffles….then I get in my car to go to work….work that sustains us….I am paid well for what I do…. My girls day starts the same way…only they go to school that they don’t have to walk miles to…they have shoes…..frilly outfits and styling products for their hair. They don’t have to worry about having the money to pay for school…they get to go whether we have it or not. My husband’s morning looks the same (minus the hair drying of course)….and he drives our second car off to work….work that supports our family. We all bring healthy lunches to school, drink as much water as we want through out the day and have warm hot meals for dinner….different ones each night. My husband and I love coffee…so we stop and get one when we want to….if my girls “need” a new shirt, hair thing, or supply for school….we go get it….without much of a second thought….we go on vacation, out to eat, to the zoo….my girls take dance lessons…..we have so much…….
What do I do with knowing that so many will go to sleep tonight at the same time as I will.. (time zones considered of course)…with no beds, a/c, or water to brush their teeth with. It is truly a constant internal struggle in my life…one that has me indulging my every whim with a smug attitude that I deserve these things one minue…..to wanting to sell it all and move to some hut somewhere the next! How do I live with the weight of what we have, and use it responsibly to be about God’s business???? …How do I help provide for those that don’t have the gift of being born where I was born…..what do I do with what I know about life in Ethiopia…Cuba…the Sudan…India…..Uganda….Ecuador….and most of the world???? How do I praise God for all He has given me….while not building my treasure here, pursuing more….and trying to keep up with the Jones’s.