Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Solution to Many of Your Problems

Want to know the answer to many of the problems you may be facing?

Learn about people who have less, much, much less than you.

Stare poverty in the face, eye to eye, and I guarantee your heart will leave forever changed.

Do you need help organizing your house? Have trouble getting rid of stuff? I did, too, until I saw it. And now my excess disgusts me. I used to have two pair of running shoes. But then I read accounts and saw pictures of children in Africa who have never had even one pair of shoes.

Do you ever get tired of cooking dinner for your family? I did too, until I saw the stories of mothers who had no food at all to feed their children, for days, weeks, even months at a time!

Do you ever wonder what your purpose here in this life is? Why you are important? I did, too, until I realized as long as I am living, breathing on this earth I can be a difference in the lives of people who are hurting. I can shine light into their darkness. And you can too!

Kristin from We are THAT Family is joining the Compassion International trip to Kenya and will be blogging about it. Compassion is a super way to get involved being the difference in the life of someone in need because not only do you help financially, but you write to the child you sponsor and can provide them love and encouragement they may not otherwise have. Be sure to follow along on her journey with the link below.

I can't wait! Kenya is right next door to Ethiopia (on the South side) where we are in the process of adopting a daughter. To say Africa has changed our lives would be a huge understatement! Have you heard the slogan, "I need Africa more than Africa needs me."
The more I learn about Africa the more I believe that is totally true!

Find more Works for Me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer while Kristin is away.


  1. This was really such a good post. It is soo true that there is nothing like looking at life through the eyes of another much less fortunate to bring everything into prospective for you. We are sooo blessed. I will check back later to follow that link. I am excited to see it. Thanks for this. Have a wonderful day.

  2. A really wonderful post. I feel exactly the same way about all of the excess.

    I have yet to finish it, but you may be interested in reading "There Is No Me Without You" by Melissa Fay Greene. It has a lot of history of Ethiopia woven into the story.

  3. Great thoughts! And all so true, unfortunately. So many of our problems are created because we have too much stuff.

    Here's to simplifying life and getting to the heart of what matters...

  4. We definitely have an abundance compared to others. My parents were missionaries to Ethiopia several years ago and got to see it first hand. I don't want to be like one that turns a blind eye to it all.


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