Extremes

2 Apr

There are opposite ends of any continuum.  Those are the extremes.  We see extremes between different cultures and within a particular culture, between different churches and within a particular church.  I tend to be a person who loves to compare so I know where I fit on any continuum (cool word-not too many with double u’s) that surrounds my life.  Comparison can be a good thing.  In humility, we are supposed to compare ourselves with God’s Word.  Sometimes comparison is not a good thing.  When comparison became sin in my life…due to my pride… it became the driving force for materialism.  Having more than…keeping up with…making an impression on.  You know that game?  Wanna play?

Remember Tsion and Eschetu just a couple of posts back (Ethiopian Hospitality)?  They were the parents of the seven children in the LSM Home of Hope where we ate supper.  Tsion made this comment.  “God has blessed us with a big house and it seems selfish not to share it with family or friends when they want to come and stay.  After all, it all belongs to God anyway.”  Her big house has two bedrooms, a living/dining room, a kitchen, two bathrooms and living quarters for the children which LSM added on for her.  It is truly a very nice house (not the ones in the photo) but I thought you would like to see her comparison continuum.  So I included this photo of one of the housing additions close to the LSM Counseling center.  These are the very popular, one-room-for-whole-family model.   Where is sharing hope with hearts in all of this you ask?  It’s in realizing, without comparing to others around us,  just how much we are blessed to the extreme.

One Response to “Extremes”

  1. Carol Klopfenstein April 3, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words- well this picture sure makes this saying true- we in the states really need to be prayerful and careful about what we spend on ourselves and our abundance-I heard recently that what we in the states call tribulation is really just an irritation- getting stuck in traffic is not a tribulation- not having a new car is not a tribulation- you get the picture- thanks for sharing- Carol

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