My Bible reading this morning was in the book of Psalms. The first couple of verses: “Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. 2 The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, And he will be blessed on the earth;” Psalm 41: 1-2(NKJV).
Immediately, I thought about Jennifer Slattery and her undying efforts to help others, especially those who are unable to help themselves. Very appropos, since I had already scheduled this blog post with Jennifer many weeks ago. I am delighted and privileged to share her heart with you in this very small way, and I hope you will also share in her efforts by going to the link she provides below and voting for her pic.
Last summer, I spoke with a woman regarding the number of homeless children in our world. I had just finished mailing a package to orphans in El Salvador, and my heart was burdened not only for these young girls, but for the countless other children worldwide in similar situations. I’m not sure what kind of response I was expecting, but it wasn’t what I received.
She offered a hand-washing, “If the women would be responsible…”
It’s easy to point fingers, but like I tried to express to this woman, a scared and lonely child struggling to survive doesn’t care why they are where they are. They care about one thing: Will anyone help me!
Walking away, frustrated and a bit teary at the misconceptions and rush to judgment apparent in the woman’s words, I realized much of her response came from a lack of knowledge. And I can’t help but wonder if we all, including myself, share a bit of this woman’s faulty thinking.
Like the woman, we often assume poverty and orphan care is someone else’s problem, but God says differently. God is much more concerned with how we love than how well we sing or how many verses we can recite.
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you” (James 1:27 NLT).
The depth of our faith is demonstrated in the depth of our love.
This problem of poverty, abuse, and homelessness isn’t going to go away any time soon, and as my daughter often reminds me when I weep over children sold into sex trafficking or working in sugar plantations, I can’t change the world. But I can share Christ’s love and change faulty thinking. I can be part of the solution by finding ways, big and small, to join in what God is already doing.
God can and will use us to sprinkle His life-changing love, grace, and mercy to a hurting world.
Will you join me? Simply pop by the Mary Kay website (https://www.mkmakeovercontest.com/gallery.jsp?id=163379 ) and voting for Jennifer Slattery’s not-so-lovely mug shot. If her photo wins, Mary Kay will donate a total of $5,500 GoThreads (http://gothreads.org/) and the Raining Season (http://www.therainingseason.org/). As an added incentive, Mary Kay consultant Sharyline Cochrane http://www.marykay.com/sharilyne/default.aspx) is giving away $10 gift certificates and free make-overs (in person or via Skype) to everyone who votes then lets us know they did so in the comments of this post.
You can vote up to five times per day, so start clicking! J
Jennifer Slattery lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter. She writes for Christ to the World Ministries, the ACFW Journal, Internet Café Devotions, and Jewels of Encouragement. You can connect with her online at her devotional blog at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com or via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte