It can come in different shapes and sizes. Poverty can mean dire straits where there are little basic needs met or it can mean just making it every month, by the hair on your teeth. There may be food on the table but little left for anything else.
In these times, where the middle class is disappearing, many Americans and other people in nations around the world have found themselves living each day in this new type of poverty.
Yes, there is some food on the table. Yes, you have a roof over head. You made the car payment or bought your bus pass for the month to get to work, but you have nothing left over. No money to go see a movie, or to take your child to dinner. You cannot make the community camping trip, or see a dentist, or send your child to special education classes. Your quality of life is greatly diminished.
We exist in a materialistic society where television shows such as “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Atlanta Housewives” depict an elaborate and expensive lifestyle. We have a President in office whose wife will pose on the cover of a magazine eating diamonds.
Materialism is alive and well and highly favored in our Country. Of course, every person deserves to live well and have their needs met, however, this kind of materialism is out of reach for most people and tends to cause discontentment and desperation. It does not inspire Love, but I believe people who flaunt their riches this way, are sinning and will be judged.
Today, I have learned to be content whether abased or abounding. In the past, I have fallen into the materialism trap. I have experienced poverty first hand as a single woman who has always had to fend for herself. Even coming from a family that had lived well; I was separated early on from their support. I’ve followed biblical teaching and tithing. I’ve been desperate and had nothing to give and I’ve had a some and sought out to help someone in need.
There are moments where discontent, will attempt to rear its ugly head. And then I consider all the people who have so much great need around the world and in my community for basic necessities. I turn my focus to this Truth and become desperate to do something good; to help even one person to have a better and more prosperous way. I’ve learned to be a giver.
Individuals often fall into temptation when they feel unloved and have unmet needs. They will do what they feel they need to do, when they need to feed themselves, or when they need a leg up. They may plan to do this one thing for a minute, to take one turn to get something accomplished; but it never works that way.
There is only one remedy: To walk in Love and to become a giver-
How we treat people is the most important thing, and the one thing, that can change our world.
We can do so much more.
Ask yourself, what can I do today to help end poverty and desperation around me?