The Haves and the Have Nots

“Of the 6.4 billion people on the planet, about 1.2 billion are so poor they live on less than a dollar a day.”

“In the world today there are about 160 billionaires and about 2 million millionaires, but there are approximately 100 million homeless people.”

“Americans spend about $5 billion per year on diets to lower their caloric intake, while 400 million people around the world are undernourished to the point of physical deterioration.”

These statements make me want to throw up and cry. They make me want to scream and question. They make me want to do something. These statements come from a book from my Social Problems class. Poverty…a social problem.

Why do so many people have, while so many people have nothing? What are we doing about it? How can we make those that are the “have nots” become those that have something. Something more than the one dollar a day they live off of.

When I read these statements faces come to mind. These aren’t just statistics…they are people, families, single mothers, homeless men and little girls. As a wise person in my life says I’m facing statistics that have faces. Not only through the children in the streets and villages this summer, but driving on the road outside my own school and seeing the housing projects, working with Room In the Inn and hearing homeless men’s stories, and going to Baby Girl’s Club and experiencing the lives of these precious little girls.

Why do some people have and some have not? I really don’t know the right answer to that, but I do know that because I “have”, a responsibility comes with that. “To whom much is given much is required”. Some people say we are blessed…yes maybe we are but what about those in poverty, are they not blessed? Maybe instead of just blessed we’re privileged. We’re privileged to have what we have and we need to be good stewards of that. Not only good stewards of our money because we really may not have an excess of that, but with our time. I’ve committed my life to being a good steward of my time, my money and my life. I can’t stay in my comfortable so called blessed life while there are people in this world with nothing…I have to make a difference and I pray that God uses me in any way possible to accomplish that. 🙂

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