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Picky and well…kind of greedy…

I am watching HGTV. Right now it is an episode of House Hunters. Earlier, it was Location Location Location. I like these shows, getting a close up view of how other people live, what their homes look like, how they decorate, etc. Maybe I’ve watched it all too much because I’m now getting sick of these greedy people. Nothing is good enough. My husband has always thought that I would be a good real estate agent, I’ve always said no because I’m not a sales person – now, I would say NO because I can’t imagine dealing with such greedy, picky people.

One couple on Location, Location, Location had a list of 34 criteria in looking for the home they wished to buy for approx. $1million pounds. Granted, if I was spending $1 million, I’d want it to meet certain criteria as well but these two!? forget it! Nothing was good enough.

The couple on House Hunters – just really bugged me. Perfectly lovely homes (in St. Louis) and the woman – she hated everything and stated “I could not live with this kitchen!” Give me a break lady! I don’t know, all I could think of is the people who have no home and no kitchen and she was being so ridiculous about the kitchen. The first house they were shown, she refuse to look at the whole thing and ruled it out completely before seeing anything else.

Like I said, of course if you are paying that kind of money you want to get the best you can for it but it all struck me as so incredibly excessive and selfish. I’ve been thinking about and praying for the people in Haiti and in Pakistan and elsewhere in the world who are destitute and grateful for anything and contrasting that with the greed and excess of the western way of life was just plain offensive to me.

Yes – I am guilty – no doubt about it. I live in a 3 bdrm rented townhouse and yes I’m typing this on a laptop connected to hi speed internet. We make payments on 2 relatively new vehicles, we have more than enough of everything and often wish for more. Many of us are self absorbed and over indulged and there are people in true poverty and desperation who could use a very small percentage what we have – what we spend on coffee or gum every week.

I guess I should not be too hard on the couples that I mentioned earlier, they want it all and it’s really not my place to judge them, they can spend their money any way they want to. Rather than pointing fingers, I guess I should look at myself and see what I can do to help those in need, whether it is in Haiti or right here in my own neighborhood, city or country. The truth is, we don’t have to look far to find others in need and when it comes to those who are able to help, it is often as clear as the nose on our face….

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31: 8,9 NIV


Jabez Blanket Ministry International
P.O. Box 336
Killaloe, Ontario, Canada
KOJ 2AO
E-mail: jabezblanketministry@sympatico.ca

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/help_for_haiti/

https://secure.unicefusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=6680&6680.donation=form1

http://www.redcross.org/

http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=35760&tid=001

https://secure.unicef.ca/portal/SmartDefault.aspx?at=1380

http://www.oxfam.ca/

http://www.worldvision.ca/give-a-gift/Pages/floods-in-pakistan.aspx

http://www.savethechildren.ca/


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Posted by on September 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Out Live Your Life

YOU WERE MADE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Another inspirational title from Max Lucado and Thomas Nelson Publishers

“You’ve been given your life. No one else has your version..Life is racing by, and if we aren’t careful, you and I will look up, and our shot at it will have passed us by.”  (from chapter 1) Max Lucado issues a life changing challenge in “Out Live Your Life.”  The thought that we have ONE chance to make a difference for eternity, to live a life that continues after we are gone, like ripples on a pond, is a sobering thought but an inspiring challenge to “live in such a way that your death is just the beginning of your life.”

Max reminds us  that God chose everyday people to be His disciples, His witnesses, His hands and feet – they were from every walk of life, common people – people like us. Max takes the reader through the first 12 chapters of the book of Acts examining the first church, the first believers and the importance of the unity of the body of Christ, not only then but now as well.

The world is needy, full of widows and orphans, millions and millions of starving and poor, without homes or hope and without God. They need food, shelter, medicine and they desperately need the good news of the Gospel of Christ. Not only those in foreign lands and impoverished countries have need of bread and the bread of life but those we pass daily also need to hear the good news. How can we help? Where do we start? What do we do? How can our lives make a difference for eternity?

Included in this book is a “discussion and action guide” prepared by David Drury which would be useful in both group & individual study to help inspire action as a result of reading this book – encouragement to do something to help the world for Christ and to Out Live Your Life.

I found this book to be inspirational and relevant. I plan to share this book with others and to look for & pray for ways that I can begin to out live my life. “One hundred percent of the author’s royalties from Outlive Your Life products will benefit children and families through World Vision and other ministries of faith-based compassion.”

* Reviews of this book can be found at Christianbook.com – click here.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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