...we rich? A question that literally always haunts my thinking when in another country other than the United States.
In this country we compare ourselves to the person next door, someone who makes more money than we do, by the car we drive, by the house we own, by the clothes we wear, by the restaurants we go to. But is it a fair way of measuring rich or poor? Is it the best way to compare what we have in this country to someone else who lives in this country?
I have been to Haiti, the Bahamas, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Russia, and the Dominican Republic. After having been to these places can I ever look at what I have and place myself on a scale of poor to rich? I would always end up off the chart of being rich. And if I am, why do I sometimes complain?
Do I have anything to complain about? My answer is emphatically, "NO!" It would be foolish of me to complain about what I have when so many have nothing.
I was sitting by the edge of our restaurant in the Dominican Republic last week when a young man came up begging for food. At first I said, "No!" Then I thought to myself, "I just fed the birds some crumbs and then I tell him no." I called him back and we fed him a meat and cheese sandwich and a banana. Did we break the rules, "Yes!" But didn't Jesus say, "I was hungry and you didn't feed me!" Shame on me if I hadn't and shame on me for saying no first. God forgive me for wanting to follow rules instead of following you! Just my thoughts!