Who is worse off? The child who has no toys of his own or the child who has everything he wants and more? The child who has none plays with a stick like it’s a sword or an airplane, a tire as if it’s a favorite toy, or a plastic bag as a balloon or a soccer ball. He knows how to be creative. The other day, some kids started writing in the dirt on their classroom floor to show me they knew their shapes. Who needs paper? Now, don’t get me wrong. They love to have paper to draw or color on, and they love to play with toys. But they know how to make the best with what they have as well. And they’re quite happy with that. How does that compare to the average American child? Mine for instance? Are they content with what they already have? Do they use their things creatively if they lack something they need or want?
Sometimes we see the needs before we see the assets. We feel sorry for impoverished people and think they need more material possessions in order to be happy, when in reality, they usually only need love….just like us. And they often have many assets that we may lack like perseverance, resilience, strength, and ingenuity.
Three assets right here…beautiful little ones who bring joy to everyone they meet. Please pray for Grace on the left as she is in the hospital with dehydration and malnutrition. They are trying to determine what is causing these problems.