Monday, August 29, 2011

What Is Poverty?

I’m reading a book right now that has my keenest interest piqued. It’s called When Helping Hurts, written by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.

Have any of you read it? If not... go out and get a copy. You won’t be disappointed.

In chapter two the author asks a very simple question. What is poverty?

A few years ago, my answer would have been very different that it is today. 

Poverty is...
... going to bed hungry and waking up to no food and no way to get any.
... having nothing to cover your body as you protect yourself from the rain.
... the shame of having to beg or watch those you love suffer.

... but it is more than that. It is not knowing God and His extraordinary love for us --a love so great He chose to die so we might live!

Okay. Now it’s your turn.

What is poverty?