the easy life?
seriously, think about this for a moment. is there any cause that you would consider making a sacrifice for? is there any one person you would sacrifice something significant for?
two thoughts come to my mind when thinking on this topic.
first, Jesus. he sacrificed his life so that i could be made free, set free from sin. he sacrificed his own life so that i could experience life to the full in him. powerful. almost mind-numbing. inspiring. shocking.
second, Steve Spear. he and his family sacrificed all of the above in order to help bring clean water to people in Kenya. this man, is running across america, trying to raise $1.5 million to bring clean water to 30,000 people. for the uneducated, water is life in many areas of the world. we take water for granted, many times paying $1, $2, even $3 for a bottle of water. we take 30 minute showers, own swimming pools, have underground sprinkling to make our lawns look nice. many in the rest of the world are lucky to get water as clean as the water when you are finished washing your car. that is, if you wash your own car. have you ever looked at the water left in the bucket? imagine using that as your everyday water, and then multiplying the pollutants by 10 or more.
steve spear is simply following the example set before him by jesus. giving of himself. why am i writing about this? because i got to run with steve today. my friend Scott and i ran 9 grueling miles with steve today. he still have 23-24 more miles to go before his day was done.
what's sad is that many have had to resort to crazy exploits like this to raise awareness. we simply don't want to know about the suffering of others. but we must open our eyes to the conditions of others around the world. the movie Spiderman reminds us, that "with great power, comes great responsibility". well, we live in a wealthy country. you may not feel wealthy, but check this website out. maybe you'll get a better, more realistic perspective.
so, i implore you today, do something to help others. start with a $50 gift or bigger, providing one person with clean water for life! check out their project by clicking here.
seriously, what are you waiting for? do you really think you are going to miss that $50? go scoop up some water from a nearby puddle, then imagine having to drink that. imagine having to cook with it, bathe with it. better yet, imagine that you can't send your child to school, because you have to send them to fetch that water, and then you have to watch your own child drink that water. come on, $50. you can do it. there ya go!
now, go tell others. we can do something about this! in a world filled with news of hate, violence, and tragedy, you can be a ray of light. go for it!