As much as we want to complain about things, we’ve got it so much better than so many others. A couple of months ago I was selected by Samaritan’s Purse to join a team of volunteers going to Rwanda to hand out Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoe boxes to the children over there. What a life-changing experience that was for me. Homes without water or electricity; children without shoes, without school supplies, without hygiene items, without toys, without candy and yet, these children were happy. Of course, they were much happier after they received the gift-filled shoeboxes that many, like you, packed!
It’s very humbling when a child gets excited over receiving wooden pencils or a pad of paper. At one of our distribution stops we were told that the children each receive one wooden pencil at the beginning of the school year and they have to make it last because there might not be another one. How many pencils do we throw away? We all need remember that someone else is praying for the things that we take for granted.