The Purpose of Excess
How do I make sense of the fact that I met people who live in houses made of mud and animal poop? How does my Carson reconcile the fact that her family has food and clothes and house coming out of our ears with the fact that some of her friends in her second grade class don’t enjoy that sufficiency? My only hope in helping her understand such inequity is to teach her the opportunity it affords us to attempt to balance the scales a bit. By living generosity. By modeling altruism.
In no way do I feel like we should feel guilty for our blessings. But I definitely think we should feel responsible for them. And grateful in a way that leads us to share them.
So this is a call to balance the scales a bit.Every day. We are entrusted with the care of those who are needy and poor. Every day.
But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
1 Chronicles 29:14
A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion,
and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11
Bring it! Every day.