I’m pretty sure I just heard the lady in front of me order a “plain iced-tea” from the Starbucks drive-thru. Seriously, who goes to Starbucks for plain iced-tea? I guess she does! It was pretty funny hearing the guy behind the microphone try to explain to her that they have flavored teas, and then to hear her argue with him about what they have or don’t have. I’m pretty sure the Starbucks guy knows a little bit more about their products than you do, lady in the black Suburban, let’s trust him and move on.
Maybe I’m wrong, though, and this lady is a corporate executive for Starbucks who drives a modest car and lives in Colorado. It’s possible I guess. You’re probably wondering what this has to do with barefeet and the cause – nothing! I just thought it was funny.
It does blow my mind that this $5 Pumpkin Spice Latte costs the same amount as providing shoes for a child in a developing country. Do I feel guilty about buying the latte? No, I really don’t. In fact, instead of going into the neediness of the kids, the diseases they can get, or trying to convince you to donate to the cause – let me just encourage you with the following idea.
Supporting a cause and getting involved with needs around the world is not about guilt. It’s not about hearing someone talk about a need and then feeling like you can’t drink latte’s anymore. Supporting a cause is about stewardship. It’s recognizing that you have been blessed with money, so you can help those who have none. You have been blessed with two good legs, so that you can help someone without legs. You have been blessed with a business, so you can help employ people without jobs. It’s recognizing your blessings and using those blessings to make a difference in the world.
Are you in tune enough with God to know where you should invest your money? I’m not talking the NASDAQ – I mean investing in places where it really counts.
Here is your chance to be a part of something bigger, and invest your money in a place where it will last far beyond your lifetime. It’s an opportunity for you to bless others because you have been blessed.
Obviously by now, you and I know that children need shoes. The question is, what are we going to do about it? I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, I’m going to go home and pull out my “giving fund” and write a check to Shuzz. If that’s what you are supposed to do to – click here and give today. If not, then go get involved wherever you are supposed to get involved.
The point of providing shoes for kids is not to ease guilt, the point is to make a difference. How can you make a difference in the world? Where do you feel God leading you to invest your resources? You may comment below…
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