The world around us...

We have no idea how much we depend on the world around us. God has gradually been waking me up to a glimpse of this reality. Here in America we have this world view that we can do anything we put our mind to and we try to be as independent and self sufficient as possible. Yet we don't realized that before we even have breakfast in the morning we have depended upon half of the world. Where did the bed you sleep come from? The sheets & blankets? The clothes you wear?  The towel you use to dry off from your shower? Your blow dryer, your soap, your tooth paste, your cerial, your alarm clock that woke you up in the morning? The list goes on... Read the tags! Do we even realized the hands that were behind sewing your clothes together for you to wear this morning? The worker in China or Indonesia may have received less than a penny for your $30 top you put on as she walks home at night hoping she doesn't get raped. I know I'm being quite bold, yet this is reality!  I'm currently watching the movie "Blood Diamond" and seeing how the millions of diamonds and glamour we value and "have to have" in America are at the cost of soo many lives! It makes me think, what else? what else do I use day to day in my rich American life that was at the cost of someone else's life that I am so ignorant of? My comfort is at the cost of others.
I have been thinking a lot lately of the Gospel and how Jesus asks us to respond to the injustice.

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice."
Proverbs 31:8,9

 "But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won't help him--how can God's love be within him ? Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions. Then we will know for sure, by our actions, that we are on God's side, and our consciences will be clear, even when we stand before the Lord."
1 John 3:17-19

"Anyone who oppresses the poor is insulting God who made them. To help the poor is to honor God."
Prov. 14:31

"The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father's point of view, is the one who takes care of orphans and widows, and who remains true to the Lord--not soiled and dirtied by his contacts with the world."
James 1:27

"Rescue the poor and helpless from the grasp of evil men."
Psalm 82:4

75% of the world doesn't have a bed to sleep in, consistent food stored in a fridge or pantry, or shelter of some kind. That's most of the world! Have we even stopped to think that it is even we ourselves who may oppressing the poor around the world by the way we live and how we consume? I don't know. I believe though i am on a journey to find out... there must be a way I can use my life to make a difference, to be a voice, but to also live differently and love through actions.

Soon I will be living in Norway, the richest nation in Europe and some say the world... funny that God is sending me there to teach me how to live differently. I believe God is going to open my eyes even more to the world around me and change my mindsets that I just grew up with in America believing that this is the way to live.... So much to learn... a big journey ahead.

Jesus said "If anyone wants to be my disciple you must deny yourself, pick up your cross daily, and follow me."  Yes, Jesus, teach me how to be your disciple! I think Believers in other parts of the world understand this way better than i do..... I have much to learn from the rest of the world. Jesus teach me. Make me more like You.

Does anyone have thoughts like this? Anyone ever think about these things and wonder? Please comment.

A Form Of Godliness With out Power by Mary Elizabeth

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