A beautiful young woman posted yesterday (last night) “We can't feed the poor but we can fund a war?” (thank you huney for inspiring me, and getting me to pray about my part in this equation)
I don’t believe it’s the government’s job to feed the poor. Welfare was established to be temporary. To help people get on their feet. People have taken advantage of it. We’ve become a nation of people who expect. And really that doesn’t matter because as I was praying about this and think there is so much that can be done, and I’m a giver, I give and give because God gave me the gift of giving, and I’m thankful. But there are things that I can do in addition to what I do already. I just have to think about others instead of me!
It is the church’s job to feed the poor. Jesus Himself said ‘Whatever you do for the least of these you do for me”.
When we go to RealChurch we stop at Starbucks. Why? Because we like it and we are spoiled! But God really convicted me that $5-7 per day give it to Joy to the D. There are 7 Sundays between now and Christmas, and even though I won’t be going there all 7 Sundays, I am going to donate my ‘coffee/tea’ money to presents ($50) in addition to what I was going to donate. I hate when God says ‘really? What should THEY do? What should YOU do?’ Well, I love it, but sometimes it’s hard.
The moment that we say ‘they should’ or ‘why don’t they?’ or ‘why doesn’t someone do something?’. Remember this. You are someone else’s someone else. They are waiting for YOU. And think, you might inspire THEM.
God gave you a passion, whatever it is. Speaking, kids, cooking, cleaning, making stuff, fixing cars… I don’t know. But if you think ‘I can’t do it all on my own’, you won’t. God didn’t give you a passion to leave you. He’s with you. I know that sometimes the cupboards may get a little thin, but I’m called to cook, so money shows up, or creativity to make a great meal.
One time, all I had was rice, broccoli, ham, and cream cheese to make a meal, but I really felt called to make a meal at the ‘old’ building. So I went on allrecipes.com put those ingredients in and someone told me that was the best meal I made! LOL! He doesn’t leave us. He makes us His hands and feet and PROVIDES us with shoes and gloves.
Here’s some things you can help with (and I just know a few that are close to my heart) you can contact me about any or all of these:
Hopeworks – Bringing hope to Detroit
Joy to the D – Brings joy and Christmas to the peeps of Detroit and Hamtramck
7 for 7 – I think it feeds like 30 families for 30 days
Shoes for a mental hospital (they will take your gently used or new shoes) for their patients who don’t have any.
Grace Centers of Hope – they do Christmas big for their kids and peeps
There are many more!
Acts 20:35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”