Day 18. More.
We are rich. Yep, you and me. Maybe we don’t have everything we want, but we have so much more than 99% of the people on earth. I won’t bore you with the numbers, but even you “poor college students” are loaded. Don’t believe it. Move to Mexico City. Or Mumbai. Or Mali, Mogadishu, Mongolia, Manila or Maputo. That Starbucks you sprang for today was a week’s wages to many there, a fortune with foam and extra flavoring. Add to our bucks our spiritual wealth and you quickly realize we are the ones with more to give.
I say this not to make us feel bad, but to make us feel something. And to invert the question from “how can I get more” to “what am I going to do with what I have.” To that end, we are sharing a tiny amount of our abundance with those in need throughout Atlanta by bringing a bath towel and pair of socks to Passion 07. I know towels don’t seem all that glamorous, but the organizations of Atlanta have been ecstatic over the prospect of getting such for their shelters and transitional housing…ecstatic to the tune of 49,000 towels!! And their requests are still growing.
I’m no genius, but 22,000+ is less than 49,000, so, you guessed it, we now need 2+ towels per person coming to Passion 07. (Still one pair of socks). Sure, we could just give these organizations 22,000 towels and they would be thrilled. Or we can give them what they have asked for and still have more to spare. We’re rich. Let’s give richly. Let’s do more.
Father, it seems like a small thing we are doing, but use these towels and socks to awaken our hearts to those with so little. And somehow cause these towels to carry to the hurting and needy the story of a God who sees, and knows and cares…and gives everything. For Jesus’ sake in the simple things. Amen.
“If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.” Deuteronomy 15:7-8
PS-Please spread the 2+ towel word far and wide!