$35. When I come back from Myanmar it takes awhile before I stop thinking in multiples of $35. That’s the price to sponsor a child in one of our orphanages in Myanmar. $35 a month to feed, clothe and educate a child. A tank of gas — two months. Lunch at Waffleshop with the family after church — one month. A year’s worth of DirecTV — that’s about 18 months. Family Vacation — that’s at least 48 months. A month of coffee = a month for a child. And on and on it goes, you get the idea.
I know I can’t take care of every orphan child in Myanmar. I do. Sometimes Jesus walked right past people he could have healed. I don’t believe that lunch at the Waffleshop is a sin. I don’t think God is asking all of us to give up DirecTV, coffee or family vacations. I don’t. I know that sooner or later, I will stop seeing everything in multiples of $35. But I’m not sure I want to stop.
I’m not sure I want to stop because when I think in multiples of $35, I’m thinking about Moses, and Susannah, and Rhonda, and Jacob, and Joshua, and Jonathan, and Malachi, and Abraham, and Ni Ni, and Joseph, and about 18 new children at Wonderful Calvary home.
Jesus once said that when I give a thirsty person a drink, when I give a hungry person some food, when I give a naked person some clothes, when I give a lonely person some love, I do it to him. If that’s the case whenever I see someone who is thirsty, hungry or in need, I see Jesus. If that’s true, then everywhere I go in Myanmar I see Jesus. If I drink water every day instead of coffee… If I give up DirecTv… If I go easy on vacations and the Waffleshop, I not only see Jesus, I serve Jesus.