We live in one of the most richest countries on the planet. Yet we complain about what we don’t have, rather than thanking God for all his blessings. As individuals, we may not have a lot of money, but we have the essential comforts in order to live a more productive life. Our false perceptions about our world, keeps us from looking beyond what we see, when we are focused on our own reality.
When we stop to reflect about some of the people living in our global community, In comparison we are more than blessed. Unfortunately, in other countries, not everyone has the ability to obtain the basic necessities for everyday life. Their are countries where the life expectancy, gross national income per capita and average years of schooling is lower than western societies.
I saw a post on Facebook recently shared by a friend, which reminded me of the reality of children across the world who are starving in orphanages. It was so in my face, I was shocked into the reality of the importance of giving. These kids were naked, hungry, extremely thin to the point, you weren’t quite sure of their age. Their reality is one of hunger, lack of clothing, sadness, and the inability to have their basic needs met.
Our false perception about our own country blinds us from the truth. In a country as rich as ours, there are 2.5million kids who are homeless, an 8 percent increase in America today. There are also 13 million children who live in households that do not get food on a regular basis in order to nourish their bodies.
Why in a world of plenty, do so many children and people go homeless and hungry? I know it’s complicated and not as simple a problem to solve. However, the way I see it, we can all do our part. I know there are various organizations doing their part in order to try to end world hunger. Yet there is so much more to be done.
Within our own reality, we can all give a little to continue the struggle of ending poverty and homelessness. We can start by taking off the blinders and keeping it real. Having a false perception only skews your view of what’s really going on in our world today.