I had planned to produce another video for meditation this week (and still might before the end of the week) but as I looked through my photos I was so impacted by this painting I photographed in the Bible Chapel Sheffield Tasmania that I decided instead to use it as a tool for meditation. Perhaps you would like touse it too during next week when we are focusing on world hunger as part of the Lenten challenge. Print out the photo, read through Isaiah 58: 6-9 each morning and see how it impacts you.
Preparing for the Mutunga challenge has reinforced once again the priorities I need to have in my life. Preparing our menu for the $2/ day challenge has made me realize the privilege of choice that we have. This was brought home when I talked to Donna Carter in Calgary a couple of days ago & she told me about a discussion she had with a pastor in Haiti. He told her that in Haiti most people live on $1 per day. “Is that really enough to live on?” she asked him. “No” he responded “but it is enough not to die.”
It is so easy for me when when we are a little short on money to want to restrict my giving to mission organizations. My selfishness could mean that a poor family in Africa does not have enough to live on this week. Generosity is an important part of what God calls all of us to. I am reminded of this every time I go out to harvest from my garden (last week we pulled 14 lb of “left over” carrots before we got the garden beds ready for spring planting.) Our God is a generous God and wants us to share with others abundantly out of that generosity. As it has been for me I hope that taking the Mutunga challenge this next week will reinforce the importance of this for you too.