Last time I suggested that working to earn money and achieve our goals is important, but that we as human beings need something more. Let me put that into perspective. Americans aren’t the only people to work hard, but we are among the few who are able to achieve success from our hard work. In some countries, people never make more than two or three dollars a day, no matter how hard they work. They never work their way out of poverty because they literally can’t. There’s just no way to do it.
There are so many people out there in the world who work just as hard as we do and will never, ever, ever, be able to make more than two or three dollars a day, unless something changes. You can help. You can help by doing something to help them change their circumstances. You don’t have to be rich to help. If you have an extra fifty cents, you already have something that will help them. If you have an extra dollar, or even two dollars, you can literally pay for another person’s day.
It doesn’t take much! You really do have the ability to help.
Through microloans, you can actually help someone start a business over in Uganda or Kenya or India or Haiti. You can do that with very little money. Or here’s an idea: why not help a community build a well?
There are a lot of things clean water can do that we don’t think about, like helping kids go to school and learn. When I was a kid, I woke up one morning and my parents said, “You have to go to school.” So I went to school. I didn’t have to think about it. But there are kids everywhere in the world who say, “Well, I’d like to go to school but I’ve got no clean drinking water. I’ve got so much diarrhea that I’m literally wasting away. I can’t walk because I’m so weak.” Or they say, “Maybe I could go to school if I didn’t have to fetch water for my mom. I walk seven miles a day to get forty gallons of water and carry it back, just so my mom can cook food and wash clothes, and it’s still disease-infested water.”
A well costs around $8,000. Maybe at your church, there are three people that can chip in $2,000 and 40 people that can chip in $50. You just provided fresh water for 1500 people, eliminating 90% of their diseases. Now the kids can go to school and get educated, just like we got educated, without ever thinking about it. Now the kids can get the education they need to pursue their dreams. They can learn how to be doctors, engineers, and entrepreneurs. They can be the seeds of a sustainable economy in their village.
If we understand what other people are going through, we’re going to want to work harder. Our goals will change, and our concept of greatness will change. You’ll still want to be president of your company, but now you’ll know why. You’ll say, “I want to be the president of the company so that I can make the rules.” You’ll want to be president so you can say, “A portion of my company’s earnings are going to build wells.” You’ll aspire to be a successful entrepreneur so that you can take your company and go help people.
There are so many more fulfilling things you can do if you’re not just working for a paycheck and just thinking about your own comfort. There is so much you can achieve if you think about how to love your neighbor.
We were created to love our neighbors as ourselves. I think that kind of love is the same love that Jesus has for us, and that’s why it’s so fulfilling when we love somebody with that kind of love. It feels so good. You feel so good when you love your neighbor, whether you’re a Christian or not. I truly believe that kind of love is the love of Jesus. That kind of love is what makes you tick and enjoy life. Do you know what I mean?
See you Wednesday.