most of us in the western world tend to desire more than we need. we don't have a very good understanding of what we really need to live. when we see other people's needs, real need for clean water, safety and employment…we can start to see some of our "needs" as excessive want. seeing other people as our neighbors, brings us closer to seeing ourselves as part of the solution to their deprivation. whether christian or not, most of us believe in the golden rule, "whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them," matthew 7:12. if the roles were reversed, would you see things differently? if you were sewing t-shirts in a factory 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, for just enough money to sleep on the cement floor of a room with 7 other girls and to share a pot of rice twice a day…would you wonder who this person was who needed so many cheap t-shirts?
"love your neighbor as yourself," mark 12:31.
maybe when we start to consider our neighbors' need, we can start to adjust our own into a more appropriate place. maybe we could actually start to desire less.
"He has told you what is good…what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
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