I have been doing some Christmas shopping recently and I have come across an issue. It is hard to know what to get people. Especially my brothers but regardless I peruse amazon.com looking for things to buy for the people I love.
I like giving presents, I like receiving them. But as I look through these lists I am struck by the fact that we already have everything we could ever need.
We have it all. I have everything I need.
I sometimes almost feel bad. Why me? How did I get all of this? How am I so blessed?
I have everything that I need.
Enough clothes to get dressed everyday.
I have food to eat and most of the time I complain about that very food, on my hips.
I have everything I need and most of the time I just need to sit back and remember that.
I have all that I need.
The things I do have, the guilt I sometimes feel. I did not chose to be born white. I did not chose to born into a middle class family. I simply was. Nothing makes me different from the woman on the street corner simply trying to get by.
With all that I have, I need to turn right around and do something for those who don’t. Not because I have so much or because I want to feel or sound good about myself.
No. I simply see world problems, world hunger and I remember the words of Mother Teresa.
“If you cannot feed a thousand people than feed just one.”
The the one that always convicts me.
“We must live simply so others may simply live.”