We give because we have been given much. The Bible says: “To whom much is given, much is required.”
When you look around and compare your lifestyle to the ones around you, you may find that your standard of living falls somewhere in the middle, toward the lower end or maybe you find yourself on top. Now, widen your circle. If you have access to this blog, chances are you fall into the category of the world’s wealthiest. Today, over 3 billion people live in poverty having less than $2.50 a day to meet all their needs. Half of those live in extreme poverty have only half that amount to live on! According to UNICEF, this poverty is claiming the lives of over 21,000 children a day.1 And that is only the children under the age of 5.
The cost of inaction is too great.
If you live on more than $10 a day, you belong to the world’s upper class.2 80% of the world’s population survive on less than that. You have been given much. And there is much you can do. As we have experienced the generous love and Jesus in our lives, we deeply desire to show that love to our neighbors – especially the youngest. And every decision we make with our wealth has an impact on their young lives. For a little more than a dollar a day, you can forever change the life of a child in poverty. Compassion International enables individuals like us to sponsor children in need. These children are able to participate in a church-based program that offers life-changing benefits that range from educational opportunities to health care. While we can’t do everything, we can do something. We are making a difference in a child’s life. We have become committed to living simply and giving generously to leave a compassionate legacy for children everywhere.
You can too.
Maybe that first step you can take to make a difference is to check out www.fairlysimple.org and be inspired to live simply and give generously.
About Our Guest Blogger
Andrew and Cara have 3 daughters and are daily practicing what it means to live simply and give generously in Dayton, OH. They began Fairly Simple as a way to increase awareness and inspire action to leave a compassionate legacy to children everywhere.