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Topic: a privilege

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I am sitting here in my parents middle class home with 4 tvs and two computers, a pool and a hot tub. I'm 18 years old.

I have been on 5 mission trips with my youth group, 2 to Ashville NC, one to Philly, one to Chicago, and the most recent one to Swan Quater, NC. Every summer I became the christian I want to be, living for someone else... getting soaked in spoiled baby formula that one of the Philly food banks needed cleaning up. The most amazing experiences have come from my trips, but then I come home to everything I missed and I don't do anything for the community I am in. Though I was willing to help constantly for 9 days... I havn't been willing to continue it into my everyday life. Why is it that I am willing to serve God with all I have in me for a short time and not when I return? I look forward to my mission trips every year, unfortunatly this summer will be my last trip I take with my beloved Youth Group... then what? am I strong enough to help people with out leaving my hometown? I would like to think so, but with my past inconsitant behavior.. it looks doubtfull.

The one fact that scares me the most is, I think that I may have the gaul to believe that everything I have is my right not a privilege.

This book, which I just finished reading about 20 minutes ago, has forced me to realize that all that I have is NOT my right but a gift from God. My way of looking at food has completely changed, The last time I was at Starbucks I noticed that two people left a piece of cake hardly eaten... I sat there staring at it, thinking how much Mike and Sam would have enjoyed that dessert.

I don't think I will ever see food the same way. I am returning to Chicago in April for a one day field trip, I wonder if I will be able to lay down my pride enough to help one person.

Thank you Mike and Sam for opening my eyes.

God Bless


Posted: 2007-01-20 12:00:00

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Hi cz :)

Don't be so hard on yourself, please.

Have you considered asking Father each morning to keep you alert to the people He brings into your life that day and to keep your heart open to hear His wishes regarding those people?

Sometimes God wants us to go out of our normal life to help others in need. Sometimes He wants us to stay where He has put us, and just love others around us. Sometimes a smile or a kind word is as needed by folks we are around (at work, in school etc) as a meal is needed by a hungry man.

God bless,


Posted: 2007-01-25 17:23:00

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