The last thing I do before I go to sleep is drink water, and immediately when I wake up I do the same. Not once in my life have I had to contemplate where it came from, yet the startling reality is 663 million people in the world don’t have access to clean water.
It’s easy to ignore problems that aren’t in our backyard, though we still do a pretty good job of looking past those too. I once heard it said that our own neck ache is more important to us than a starving child, in terms of how we respond.
We don’t consciously choose one over the other—that would be obviously evil. But our voluntary ignorance to much of the world’s suffering is a less obvious choice, nonetheless.
The water crisis is one of those topics I haven’t been able to shake. The most basic necessity to human life is still a scarcity to nearly 10% of the world.
When I take a shower, flush a toilet, brush my teeth, wash dishes, pour out the remainder of a water bottle...663 million runs through my mind.
If guilt is what you’re feeling, let me clarify. That’s not the point. Guilt is a lousy motivator. I’m not shaming the privileged, either. I’m talking to myself; much of my life has been voluntary ignorance to these issues.
Compassion is the right motivator, and it can only exist when there is awareness. I know this strays from my typical posts, but what is a platform, small or large, worth if not utilized for the sake of others, especially those with need and no voice. Let this simply serve as a spotlight.
Let curiosity lead to exploration, lead to awareness, lead to conviction, lead to compassion, lead to action. It’s too easy to just stop at sincere concern.
Did you know there’s an organization based right here in Birmingham that exists to end the crisis I’m describing? They’re called Neverthirst, and they do a wonderful of job of letting the love of Christ fuel the service of the world.
I’d encourage you to check them out. Above all, I’d encourage you to open your eyes to the needs of the world (local and abroad), identify your conviction, and let the compassion that forms lead to generous, consistent action.
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