When I was growing up, I thought a person was rich if they had a paved driveway and clothes from the GAP. Or if they had been on an airplane. When I visited an Olive Garden with a friend in sixth grade, it was the fanciest place I had eaten at in my life. When someone gave me a $35 ring for my eighteenth birthday, I cherished it with my life, as it was the most expensive thing I owned.
Now I have a paved driveway and a fairly new car parked in it. I shop at any store I want and have dinned at five-star restaurants. I’ve traveled to 12 countries on three continents and own several diamonds.
A few weeks ago, I watched as a man power-washed his driveway, using gallons of water to clean the ground where he parks his car. It struck me in that moment that I am living a million-dollar life-a life of wealth and privilege, comfort and pleasure. And most of the time I don’t even know it.
We live in a country with such abundance that we can use drinking water to wash the GROUND where we park our cars. I can imagine so many of the world’s children staring at that scene in amazement, thinking how rich this man was to throw this valuable water away.
The thought of true poverty is uncomfortable and overwhelming. Sometimes it paralyzes me. But most of the time, I’m too self-absorbed to even care.
May we be reminded today that in comparison to the rest of the world, we fabulously wealthy. And while we cannot save everyone, we can all do something.
“If you can’t feed 100 people, then just feed one.” – Mother Teresa
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Every 3 seconds a child dies from hunger.
Americans spend an estimated $20 billion annually on ice cream; that amount could feed 83 million hungry children for an entire year.
Every 21 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. This amounts to nearly 6,000 deaths-the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing every day.