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Friday, July 22, 2011

Water is a luxury?

Below is a conversation I had with someone recently.

Them - I want to help the kids in the community (Haiti) get diapers.

Me - It's not sustainable. Disposable diapers run out.

Them - What about cloth diapers? At least they could re-use them.

Me - Where are they going to wash them? I didn't see any front-end loaders while I was down there.

Them - But what do the babies wear on their bottoms?

Me - Nothing.

Them - (SHOCKED LOOK)

Me - Diapers are a luxury.

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Do you ever stop and think about what you have, that is a luxury to the rest of the world? Let me start a list: washing machines, showers, toilet paper, a bed, shoes, food, air conditioning, multiple outfits to wear, a house.

Running water.

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This afternoon my favorite little guy and I were playing outside. It's been really warm up here so this was a great activity.

First, a drink.

Then a drink for the flowers.

Who said the froggy boots were meant to keep the water out?

Could this child be any more adorable?

As he was off having his fun, I was sitting in a lawn chair, thinking about what a luxury it is to have a water hose that's tapped into a well with fresh water. It's a luxury that he can drink directly out of it and we don't have to worry about him getting sick. And it's a luxury that we can leave it on, as the water runs down the driveway and off into the street.

That water hose gets me every time. I can't watch the kids playing without thinking about how the rest of the world lives.

We are blessed beyond measure.

"...For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required." Luke 12:48

Click here and watch this video when you get a chance.

This has become my new theme song. Here are the words:

Sometimes I
I just want to close my eyes
And act like everyone's alright
When I know they're not

This world needs God
But it's easier to stand and watch
I could say a prayer and just move on
Like nothing's wrong
But I refuse

'Cause I don't want to live like I don't care
I don't want to say another empty prayer
Oh, I refuse

To sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse

I can hear the least of these
Crying out so desperately
And I know we are the hands and feet
Of You, oh God

So, if You say move
It's time for me to follow through
And do what I was made to do
Show them who You are

'Cause I don't want to live like I don't care
I don't want to say another empty prayer
Oh, I refuse

To sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse

To stand and watch the weary and lost
Cry out for help
I refuse to turn my back
And try and act like all is well

I refuse to stay unchanged
To wait another day, to die to myself
I refuse to make one more excuse

'Cause I don't want to live like I don't care
I don't want to say another empty prayer
Oh, I refuse

To sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse

I refuse
I refuse

2 comments:

  1. Karen--you are so wonderful. Your tender heart gives glory to God. The froggy boots were always a hit w my boys. William wore them as his regular shoes for months when he was 3! (I kept a pair to remember those special days) You need to post more often!! :-)

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  2. I love that song Karen. I've "heard" it many times but never "listened" to it. I agree with you posting more. Your posts really give me something to think about, pray about, sing about, etc. etc. Love yah! Deb

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