What’s It Like?

starving children

A friend of mine was telling me about the dinner table when one of his children complained about what was for supper. I don’t remember if the situation had to do with the child not liking what was before them and saying something about being “starving”, or what; but my friend took his little one to the computer and brought up some images of children – images like the one above.

“That’s what it looks like to be ‘starving’,” said the Dad to his child. Since then, whenever the child complains about what’s on the table, Dad asks: “Do you need to see the pictures again?” This causes the little one to shudder. “No!”

A guest preacher recently told our congregation: “If you have a roof over your head that doesn’t leak, food in your refrigerator, a job and a means of transportation, you are among the richest people in the world!” In other words, if you want to see what it’s like to be rich, all most of us have to do is look in the mirror.

All this is to say – to all of us – that before we complain, perhaps we should look at a picture like the one above – not for the purpose of making us feel guilty, but for the purpose of helping us keep our reality in proper perspective.

May it be that you have little worth complaining about today. May we hold those pictured above in our prayers … Let’s move beyond complaining to meaningful action.

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.