Compassion International - Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name
My heart is breaking today. Not because of sadness, but because of God convicting me…and growing pains hurt.
It started today by reading a blog post:
So That Others May Simply Live
I wouldn’t recommend reading it unless you want your heart to be changed.
It did mine.
When I read about up close and personal experiences of this group of women traveling in the Phillippines with Compassion International, I was amazed at the pictures of poverty shown. This was not dramatic tv…this was real life, about real people.
It got me to think. Should I too, donate $38/month to sponsor one of these children? To help provide them a hope and a future? I appreciated how the article explained where the funds were specifically going – that it was more than just a meal.
So, then I take a look at my budget and began thinking, “What can I change to do this?” I sometimes get criticism from others when they hear I have a landscaper, pay someone to wash our windows, or shampoo our carpets. “I do those things myself to save money…” I hear some of them say.
“Are these additional expenses I should cut?” I think to myself. But as I reflect further, I realize that my husband and I are frugal in many areas of our lives to afford these services. Sure, I can save an additional $70/mo. and cut our own lawn – but then that guy would have to scramble elsewhere to make up that loss of income to provide for his family.
I realized that I sacrifice in many areas, so that I can provide jobs to others who need it.
I also realized that giving to one person (or organization) is not better or worse than giving to another. It’s about the heart – having a heart to give. Not out of guilt, but because I can.
My family is blessed. We are debt-free (with the exception of our mortgage), and make sacrifices daily to stay that way. I’ve recently decided to cut out cable for the summer for a number of reasons (I’m sure this will be in another post). We hadn’t decided, yet, what to do with the extra funds we would save. My husband and I will prayerfully decide where to best put these funds. Perhaps we will decide to sponsor a child.
It has just been, within the last week or so, the thought to cancel our cable. Perhaps this was God’s way of preparing my heart that I don’t have to “fire” my landscaper to sponsor a child – I can do both.