just some thoughts for the day.
for obvious reasons, i absolutely believe in the plight of humanitarian aid and the work of non-profit organizations. but i also believe that there exists a common flaw within them through no fault of their own; that while changing ‘the system’, culturally embedded habits and heardened hearts, the individuals (like me) that make up these efforts are sometimes neglecting to change ourselves…our core values…which can so easily deter us from effectively being the hands and feet of our god.
we’ve been fed a great lie: that some people are worth more than others, and therefore, that some people are worth less than others. and we’ve been led to believe that jesus died on a cross so that our sins might be forgiven - because we cannot help ourselves. but lets collectively disagree. let’s renegotiate the fact that jesus died on a cross because we were and are worth it. all of us. this includes the theif, the liar, the adulterer, the sick and incurable, the odd, the ignored and especially the oppressed whom especially receive the tlc of philanthropists everywhere. and let’s also renogotiate the fact that it is grace that shapes a condusive movement and catapults all things effective and good:
for once you truly and inherently find beauty in all people, you’ll find that mercy, compassion and hope for their situation and circumstance is not enough. you’ll find a desire for inclusion - for equality - and only then will be able to serve effectively.
but we need to have something else - something that i’ve seen so much of from the suffering people in haiti as of late. we need to have gratitude. we’ve been so encouraged to look up to people, and when we do it’s usually because they’ve got something material or intellectual that we feel we lack - and this will inevitably never change. someone, somewhere will always have more cubic feet, karats or poetic words in their vocabulary than you might have. so let’s start looking down. not upon those who’ve got more, but to those who’ve got less so that we can readjust our scope and start emphasizing our grace and help where it is needed most. and let’s start having gratitude for what we have as oppose to what we don’t so that we can stop outliving ourselves and spending chaotically.
lastly - and more obviously - we need generosity to become a priority in our lives. what we’ve freely received (grace by god) we must also freely give. let’s remember our inherent beauty and value so we don’t feel the need to clothe, make-up and distract ourselves in such a costly way. god has more perrogative than we do precedence, and needs to be entrusted more frequently with our best interests so that the best interests of others are not overlooked.