I watched a TV show called Secret Millionaire last evening. I'd never seen it before but I was intrigued by the previews. Each week a person or family with much money leaves their mansion and goes undercover into an impoverished area to see what it's like to live in these conditions. During this time, they're given limited funds and a place to live in the neighborhoods they are exploring. After a period of time, they reveal themselves and give money to some of the people or charities that touched their heart.
It touched my heart as I watched the homeless up close, a woman who runs a home for women and children who are escaping domestic violence situations, a young man who puts together toiletries to hand out to the homeless on Skid Row.
How easy it is to live and never see the faces of those who are truly struggling. To realize that $3 a day for food is not much and very difficult to purchase anything that is nutritious and healthy.
These Scriptures came to my mind this morning:
Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength."
In the show, there was a scene where a group of women and children were about to sit down to eat a meal together. They all joined hands and prayed, thanking God for their food. The undercover millionaire joined in too.
That touched my heart!
I know what it was to have plenty. And I know what it is to have little. I've been on the giving and receiving side. And I can tell you that it's more fun to give. Receiving can be very humbling.
This past week, I've been writing about vision and perspective. Open my eyes Lord!
- May we see past the outward appearances and into the hearts of people.
- May we ask God to truly open our eyes.
- May we be obedient when we are given an opportunity to help and not make excuses.
I hope that TV shows like The Secret Millionaire will open people's eyes to the needs in their own communities and stimulate them to take action.
I'm linking up with Charlotte and Ginger for Spiritual Sundays.
Blessings and love,