Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The Contrasts of This World
This is what my Mum came home with from the grocery store today. Don't I have an awesome Mum? When I peeked into the paper bags, I squealed with delight and just had to take a picture! 3 Grapefruit, 2 mangoes, 2 zucchini, an onion, two bunches of bananas, 3 bell peppers, many mushrooms, frozen berries for smoothies, garlic, natural toothpaste, buttermilk, dates, and yeast for homemade bread! It's enough to make this girl jump for joy! But better than that, are we not blessed! What a fabulous blessing it is in this land to be able to run down to the grocery store and buy organic, ripe, fresh fruits and vegetables, ready to be made into delicious and tasty delights. Truly a blessing.
Yesterday my Mum and I went to a fun little market with many foreign imports, and while we had a blast and many laughs, I couldn't help but think of the poor, starving children, chained to benches, working 15 hours a day to make those beautiful items. I think every time I see a label that says "Made in China", I'm going to pray for the person that made it, and I encourage you to do the same! So often we forget that someone had to be behind that, whether it was sewing something by hand, or operating a plastics machine.
Besides, who wants a cool red and white Canada hat with maple leaves on it that has a label that says "Made in China"? Certainly not me. ;) Guess it all leads back into my whole argument about Wal-Mart and other similar stores. I can proudly say it's been years since I set foot in a Wal-Mart or Costco!
Anyway...a little light on the contrast of blessing and oppression. Let's pray, thank God for our blessings, and rise up to fight for the better side. We all have the goodness that God originally created us with, laden beneath our sinful natures. With God's help, we can let that shine, and better the world with the "peace of God, which transcends all understanding". Let us pray for a peaceful world. One in which we can lay aside our evil desires, and strive for all things good.
Keep at it, kids! There's more to life than meets the eye!
PS. I'm just posting another video on my Youtube account right now!