Love (the real kind).

I wish I could write something about Haiti, but I don’t know enough about the country, its government, its topography to add any meaningful colour.

What I know more about is North America. It’s in times like these, that it is instantly clear just how much more we have — that includes financial resources, skilled professionals, materials, equipment, etc. The speed at which our governments got involved, donations rolled in and volunteers boarded planes is breathtaking. I am encouraged by what I see as love shown to the Haitian people.

This week, I was listening to a minister talk about how real love is marked by the willingness to sacrifice — or at the very least inconvenience oneself — for the good of another.  When I hear stories of how people are responding to the earthquake, I see that kind of love happening and it feels right, like the stuff world peace is made of.

Suddenly, I am challenged. As I have budgeted this week in order to give, I am convicted about why I don’t do this more often. Why isn’t sacrifice a part of my lifestyle? After all, people around the world are suffering all the time. South African countries, for example, are devastated by AIDS and see astronomical death tolls month after month.

Purposefully giving up a movie night, or a dinner out or (insert pleasure purchase here) to give to someone who is legitimately suffering seems just as obvious as prioritizing a Haiti relief donation. I am indeed aware that I sound like a World Vision commercial, but it’s what I (we?) need to hear. It’s about love for humanity.

What  if, in our personal lives, we consciously and consistently lived below our means so that we were positioned to give more?


4 thoughts on “Love (the real kind).

  1. I keep saying to myself: “When I make money, I’ll donate a certain percentage of my earnings to a good charity or organization”
    However, why should I wait? I don’t make a lot of money now, but as you say, I could sacrifice a little and I would be able to donate, however little, every month.
    Quit drinking: that would save money and give me more years of my life!


    • @alex: It’s a tough balance to strike when you’re not in a position of having excess to begin with. I am feeling that pull in my own life, as we’re a one-income household.

      I think practical giving can include lending your skills or time (which can be a huge sacrifice depending on how busy you are).

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