This morning, I searched my brain for a blog topic and came up empty. Maybe some "good news" would be a good topic, I thought, so I scoured the internet. In case you're wondering, some of the things that pass for good news are just pitiful.
As you probably know, the city of Flint, Michigan changed their water source from Lake Huron treated water to water from the Flint River. The pipes were old and lead from the pipes leached into the water. As a result, thousands of people in this city of more than 99,000 have evidence of lead poisoning from drinking the city's water.
Admittedly, the lead-contaminated water is not a good thing, but there is almost always good in the midst of a crisis, if we're willing to look for it.
I learned about two inner-city boys who have collected water for the people in Flint, Michigan. Their donation seemed like just a drop in the figurative bucket, but it turns out those young boys are not the only ones who want to help. Their small effort, combined with the donations of others, is part of making a big difference until a permanent solution can be found.
The longer I read, the more water-charity I found. The city of Memphis has joined with Fed Ex to donate 12,000 bottles of water to the people in Flint. The Game (a rapper) has donated $500,000 to Flint and arranged with the Avita Water company to provide $500,000 more in lead-free bottled water. The first shipment of water is scheduled to arrive today.
The Game's younger sister and two children live in Flint, so the water crisis is personal to him. The lives of his family matter to him. His concern has driven him to invest his money where his heart is, with no concern for potential gains.
Investing our money where our heart is.
The Game's gift shows us something about his heart and his priorities. Family matters to him.
We, too, can learn something about ourselves by a careful look at our finances. Where do we spend our money? How are we changing the world by the way we invest our time, talents, resources, funds?
Most of us will not be able to make a million dollar donation to help solve a problem, but even a small gift, when joined with that of others, can make a difference for those in need.
Look around you. What problems weigh heavy on the heart of God? What matters to Him?
If our heart is burdened by the things that burden God, our pocketbook should reflect that concern.
Working together, we can make a difference, no matter the size of the problem.
"The King will answer and say to them,
'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine,
even the least of them, you did it to Me.'"
In case you missed one of this week's posts, here are the links: Embracing Our Personal Gethsemane, What is the Point of Suffering: Extracting the Precious, Mamie and the Ink Stain, The Blizzard That Was Not, The Truth That Matters Most: My Redeemer Lives, Truth That Matters: God Sees, and The Importance of Light.
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