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Poverty or affluence

October 15, 2008

Today is Blog Action Day. Bloggers all around the world agree to blog about a common topic affecting our world. This year the topic is “poverty.”

Often when we hear the word ‘poverty’ we immediately think of money or the lack thereof. Since I have been working with children-at-risk the past 10 years, when I hear that word I think of lack period! The children I work with are so starved for love and attention. The word poverty runs very deep in their heart. Many haven’t known the love of a father or mother much less the love of family period. Through no fault of their own they have lived lives of abject poverty.

The very reason Father’s Care exists is to bring some hope to the lives of the children. After some time living at the Ark, children feel they are now living a life of affluence. In some respects they are but there still exists poverty. Only when they are either reunited with their families or adopted will they live a life of real affluence. You see I believe poverty and affluence are really a condition of the heart. If in our heart we feel loved then we live a life of affluence. If not, well, then we are living a life a true poverty.

How about you? Are you living a life of poverty or affluence? So there you have it thoughts straight from my heart!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Alli permalink
    November 15, 2008 7:45 pm

    For the past year or so I’ve been on a journey seeking emotionally healthy spirituality…only to realize it is a journey I will be on for the rest of my life, one the Bible speaks of as “working out my salvation.”

    Some things I’ve pondered :

    Why hasn’t a lifetime of spirituality in the church, surrounded by the truth of Jesus, transformed deeply the innder lives and marriages of Christians?

    Where is the rich, abundant fruit of a life well lived in God?

    Why are so many Christians living lives with deeply entrecnhed parts of us apparantly untouched by the power and mercy of the Lord Jesus?

    Aren’t we “new creations”?

    I’m finding that we usually need to go back, to go forward. The past illumines the present and our future!

    In spending time with the kids at the Ark, I saw Jesus transform their hardened, broken little hearts over time. He replaced their hearts of stone with loving, feeling hearts of flesh. In counselling and chats with staff at the Ark, the kids go back and have the lies of their past dispelled with the life-giving truth of Jesus. It’s only then can they move forward in freedom.

    Adults are no different. I learned from the staff and children at the Ark that it’s never too late to have a happy childhood, because the blood of Jesus NEVER fails!

    Much, much, much, much, much love! I miss you Jane and Barbara 🙂 ~Alli

    Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
    http://www.elijahhouse.org

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