Have you ever worried about having a place to live?
Have you ever worried about having someone near you to talk to you or spend time with you?
Have you ever worried about smelling badly at school because you weren't able to take a shower for the past week because you weren't able to access water?
I believe that for most of you, you probably never had to worry about that. For most of you, your parents might have had to worry about that some time in their life. Most of you have never had to go without the basic necessities needed to live. However, as I learn more about Baltimore, the city that I currently live. I have found that these basic necessities are huge blessings and should not be taken for granted.
Every week, I go to a local lower-income school to spend time for about an hour a week with a student. The girl that I am paired with is Keyona who is a bright 7th grader who loves chocolate ice cream, swimming, and the color pink. In addition to spending time with her, I spend time in a group with five other pairs. That means I get to interact with six girls who have grown up in a lifestyle different from my lifestyle.
We meet during lunch, and this week a lot of the girls weren't eating their lunch. We asked them,"Why?" and they said that food at home was better. However, when we probed more about their eating habits, we found out that one girl still eats lunch at school even though she doesn't like it because there's not enough food at home.
What if you didn't have enough to eat at home? Have you ever complained that you wanted a snack and your parents didn't buy it for you? Do you truly know what it means to be hungry?
I share these things not to make you feel bad for these girls or for you to feel bad or proud for what you do have. I share these things for you to realize the brokenness of the world. Because sin has entered into the world, hunger, pain, sorrow, anger, chaos, and destruction are a part of the world. The only way to end the suffering in the world is through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Even if we have nothing, no food to eat, no place to live, yet we have Jesus, then we are satisfied. If we have everything in the world, yet do not know Christ, then we have nothing.
"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:11-13
Until next time,