Half Full Or Half Empty?
Remember when you were a child and you did not finish
everything on your plate. It seems to be a fairly common practice for
the parent to remind the child that other children are starving. And
those children would be overjoyed to have such a bounty of food. But,
unfortunately, isn't that where it usually ended? A moment of sorrow
for the discipline and then consuming more food than we really wanted
or needed to eat.
The honest truth is, the fear of disappointing our parent was much
greater than the mental snapshot our mind may have captured, at some
point, of a starving third world child. Fortunately, the child would
not really be sensitive to the affects of not eating for days at a
time. But, in the fortunate situations are a trap: Becoming
So, the first step in becoming less sensitive is to become more
sensitive. If only for a moment, to take a look at where we are in
comparison to some other real life issues plaguing us in our own
My child is driving me to madness,
as another small premature baby clings to life and the family pleads
with the Lord for healing and understanding.
We just don't have the money to eat out, as another deserted orphan
cries in the night, not knowing a parent or the time of arrival for the
I can't work for this company one more day, as another man of the house
swigs the next drink of alcohol to numb the pain of explaining the job
layoff to his already broken family.
There is never anything new to wear in this closet, as another smiling
third world child is draped in a new T-shirt and that is his or her
My life is not as I want it, as a doctor delivers the news of a disease
that is incurable and another soon to be widow begins to plan a life
without the only earth partner she knows.
The car is not the latest, as another second chance recovering addict
rides his BMX bicycle in the rain to another job interview that will
fall away because of his past.
My marriage is stale, as another battered female lies quivering in a
locked bathroom, doing the best she can to self nurse the physical
wounds he has inflicted once again.
A child reluctantly rises for school, as another the same age rises to
retrieve dirty water that will be delivered to his or her AIDS stricken
mother, too weak to do it herself.
Our home is not large enough, as another scarred United States Veteran
pulls his quilted roof upon himself and trembles with visions of
explosions and gunfire.
My parents just don't understand me, as another child is delivered by
the state to the third family she will know in two years and will
prepare to meet a fourth.
I am stressed about this family gathering, as another lonely widow
turns another page in the picture album and stares out the window
waiting for company that will never come.
"When God's people are in need, be ready to help them."
~Romans 12:13 NLT~
~ Tom Rogers ~
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[ by: Tom Rogers, Copyright © 2011 ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) -- submitted by: Tom Rogers ]
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