Today is a day of conviction, with a broken heart for the things of God. I look around at the abundance surrounding me and my heart can't help screaming, "What about the children, Lord? What about the orphans, and the poor? Who am I to be so blessed with the luxuries of comfort? The luxuries of family and a 2000 square foot home? A pantry full of food and closets overflowing with clothing and warm blankets?" Please don't misunderstand. It's not that I am ungrateful. Quite the opposite. I know how blessed I am and I am truly thankful! But I am convicted because I have seen how so many others live. I've seen how little one can live with and still find contentment in Christ. Yet my heart so easily slips into the things and desires of this world. How quick I am to be discontent and long for more. How quick I am to indulge. How quick I am to overlook the needs around me. How quick I am to forget these words...
"It is more blessed to give than to receive" Acts 20:35
"Godliness with contentment is great gain." 1Timothy 6:6
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." James 1:27
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen... to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter... When you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away... ?" Isaiah 58:6,7