Everywhere I look I see promotions for Black Friday. I find myself wondering which deal will I get?! Then my thoughts turn to those who struggle to purchase food, pay their rent or keep the electricity on. In the United States, around 13% of Americans live in poverty, but a third is very near poverty. According to The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, the US child poverty rates are the highest of the six richest countries – Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, and Norway.
So I pause my inclination to purchase yet another thing and ask, how can I help someone who is struggling financially? With so much poverty and struggle around me, the right thing to do is shift my gaze from the many adverts to the plight of the poor in my community.
‘If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.’ (1 John 3:17)