Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Priorities.... RLC Blog Buzz

One of the Blog Buzz questions for Red Letters Campaign this week is...

Read and respond to this verse in Proverbs 21:13
“13Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor will cry out himself and not be heard.“

What does this say to your heart? Take some time to examine how this may look in your life, your family, your community and your view of the world...

My friend Carrie's blog had this wonderful video on it. It really struck me and I think it addresses this question so well.







How would we feel if it were us watching our children treat each other this way? I don't even know what to add... it kind of left me speechless.

Angel


15 comments:

JuJu - said...

THE SUNDAY NIGHT BEFORE BRYAN AND I LEFT FOR OUR TRIP TO GC - WE SAW THIS SAME VIDEO AT A CHURCH WE SPOKE AT ABOUT GLOAL ORPHAN TEAM -

VERY POWERFUL - THIS VIDEO IS MAKING THE ROUNDS AND IT NEEDS TO!

SO THANKFUL THAT SOME OF US ARE FINALLY GETTING THE FACT THAT BEING SELFISH AND LIVING A SELF CENTERED LIFE ONLY DESTROYS THE GOOD IN US ALL!

BRING ON THE CHANGE LORD!

Farrah and Jed said...

Angel,

You have No idea how that video touched me...It makes me want to fight harder to bring Conner home!
It makes me want to do more for Orphans..It's funny I went to a ball game on Father's Day and I thought about the same stuff...How does people pay those prices and there are Millions around the world with nothing.
We didn't buy any food or drinks at the game that day, And I'm glad we didn't because what we would have spent probally would of saved 25 kids lifes...
We have to be the Change we wanna see in the world...Let's Get Real!!

Holly said...

What a coincidence! I had just written this scripture down for myself and a friend the other day, not knowing it was a part of the Blogger Buzz this week. Powerful video...

Lisa Johnson said...

Thank you so much for sharing this video. I love how much your blog truly inspires me. I am going off to share it with all of my friends.

Thank you.

TNKerry said...

Wow!!! That is powerful!!!

Anonymous said...

I have to admit I did not like this video very much at first. I thought how arrogant this man was to make presumptions and make me feel guilty because I use makeup. Then the analogy he used regarding if one of his children was very successful and the others very poor, how wrong it would be not to help his siblings. So, okay, I was hooked. In the same way that passages in the Bible speak differently to different needs, I attained my own message from this video in the way that my thought process evolved, which transpired into the next day. (Yes, I have to dwell on things for a while).

So my individual thought process - I wish the man had gone into more detail about how long the amounts of money would help. For example, how long would $18 billion (the amount we spend on makeup) feed the poor? You have all probably heard the Chinese proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I don't mean to sound capitalistic, but I am a firm believer in this philosophy. A Foundation I have been associated with for many years has adopted this philosophy and the charitiable "help" organizations who follow this philosophy have flourished in ways in which only God could have intervened. Those that just give with no expectations soon went by the way side. I admit, though, there is a fine balance, and I am struggling with that balance. The video made me think about me going to have my nails done this morning - is this something I could give up and make better use of? I happen to know my nail technician very well. She is a strong Christian and witnesses as she does peoples' nails. She is self-employed. If she does not work, she does not get paid. There is no such thing as "paid vacation" or "sick leave". She is a mother of 2 sons. She is the bread winner of the family, as her husband is going to school full time. They live very frugally, and she demands high morals of her sons, and has many of the struggles we parents have when there are so many more outside influcences. So, thus, the struggle. I quit having my nails done, and give the money to some other charitable need. If I quit having my nails done, I take money from my nail technician. She then has less money for her family. I am not trying to justify having my nails done.

However, like the video says, I do have a problem with $9 drinks - there are many better ways to spend our money. But I also believe that God blesses those that help themselves and in turn help others to help themselves.

I am very grateful for videos of this type. They remind me of my blessings and that I do have an obligation to pass it on, however that may be. Proverbs 14:23 says "All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty." I see so many people that feel if they do nothing, they will stay out of trouble. Don't do that. Do something - whatever you do in God's name, He will make it flourish. I am 54 years old, and I have been witness to this too many times. The Lord just has to hit me over the head too many times to remind me. Praise the Lord, He has given up on me.

Texas Nonny

Pam said...

Good grief. Unbelievable. If only we can get the revolution going....

Pattie & Rob said...

The video is very powerful. Thanks for sharing it.
Pattie

Carolyn said...

Hi Angel :)

I've been reading your blog for a few months now and I'm totally encouraged by your faith! My husband and I are in the beginning process of adopting and I've loved watching your journey bringing Kaiya home. We would love to get involved somehow with the red letters campaign....however I do not have a blog yet. I'd love to be able to converse with you about what God has been putting on our hearts. And your blog has been very instrumental in that. My email Cgriffioen@hughes.net

Thanks and God Bless~Carolyn

Robyn O. said...

Hey Angel:)
I've been reading your blog for awhile now....very encouraging and inspiring!! God lead me to your blog when I was doing research about adoption!! My husband and I are in the process of adopting from China right now!! i'd love to share the journey but i don't have a blog!! (the computer is not yet my friend!! ahhhhhh!!) Anyhow...definitely want to get involved with red letters....and I all that God is doing there! Please contact me cgriffioen@hughes.net i'm looking forward to hearing from you!! thanks so much!! God's blessings to you and your family

~carolyn
p.s. i'm on my sister's computer right now...her name is Robyn!:)

Anonymous said...

This video really hits me. I really feel that the way we spend our money in America is such a waste when you think about how much good it could do. No, I don't think we should starve ourselves so others will have the things that I do, but I can't sit around and do nothing. I am a college student in a liberal university where God has called me. Right now I am working 10 or fewer hours a week at 7.30/hr and looking for a better job. I, myself have to be really choosy about how I spend my money on food and leisure, and I wish I could do more than sponsor a village with $20 a month. Yes, I have savings, but it has to pay for tuition and rent for one more year. My heart aches so much for those little children who won't even last through today. I want to do something, and I want to get people involved. People from my campus, people from my church, my family... but I don't know if they really understand, really feel this burden the way God does. In Brasil, I saw the pigs, goats, chickens and donkeys living in the streets of the slums literally just outside the affluent major city of Rio de Janeiro. I've seen the naked baby whos family lives on top of a garbage dump and collects trash for a living. And I don't know what to do. God has been challenging me to give past my comfort level and to give to others instead of hording my money and my time just for myself. It's hard because I know I will have loans when I graduate (not really large, but big enough). And I will have to pay those loans and find enough money to spend a year in Costa Rica too. Where God has called me. But I feel like I'm not getting anything accomplished here and now for God's children who don't know his love because nobody will show them. I know He has a plan for me here because He wanted me to come, but why can't I feel productive as well? Why is growth this difficult? I know you probably don't have all the answers and I'm just pouring myself out here. Let me just mop up a bit.... ok,
I've been reading your blog off and on since January or so. Even went all the way back to the beginning and started from there and just got caught up all the way so I haven't commented til now. But I LOVE what you guys are doing with the red letters campaign and I'd really like to get involved somehow. I have to wait for financial assistance til a little later though as the Abraham Project in Costa Rica needs some assistance. (They have 3 childrens homes for children declared abandoned by the government and their little army recently went from 4 to 19 in a few months time.) I'd love to tell you about them some time since they are so near and dear to my heart. But that's a story for another day, and this "comment" is getting pretty long. I'll definitely keep following yours and Russ' and Kaiya's and KK's and Zoe's stories.
Love and God Bless from your sister in Christ
-Shaina

Brandi said...

First of all. . I LOVE how people comment whole books onyour blog! love it!

Great video. . .always challenging!

LOVE YOU,
Bran

Wife to the Rockstar said...

WOW. WOW. WOW. I don't even know what to say.

Carole Turner said...

Amazing! I'm gonna post this on my blog.

Love your blog by the way. Your and inspiration.

Darlene said...

thank you. thank you. God keeps using you to speak to me!
Angel, can you teach me how to post that on my blog?
Thanks!
Darlene