The Alarm Goes Off Around 6 a.m.
You roll over and start processing through the lists for the day. The kids have school, soccer, gymnastics, squeeze in dinner, and then homework. You’re coordinating after-school pick-ups with your spouse as you fly out the door and you need perfect traffic conditions to get to your first meeting after dropping the kids off. The lunch meeting that determines next quarter still doesn’t have an agenda because you spent your only 30 minutes alone yesterday watching Friend’s re-runs because you couldn’t seem to make your brain work anymore.
Tomorrow looks like some version of today. So does every day.
You’re grateful for your job and your house, but it likely doesn’t cross your mind often there are thousands of people who would give anything to have a life like yours.
There are over 40,000 homeless in Florida. 80% of them do not qualify for government housing assistance of any kind. Most are families with children. If you’re reading this, it’s likely none of those children are yours.
Almost half of the families in Florida are considered “working poor.” They have jobs, and some have homes, but they don’t make enough to pay for necessities. It’s a game of chess each month to pay the power bill on time. But, it isn’t your power bill, so it doesn’t cross your mind.
Your schedule is so full of your own to-do’s that it seems impossible to think of someone else’s. When we hear numbers like 40,000 and 50% of a state’s population, our brains check out. We don’t even know where to start with that kind of overwhelming mountain of data. It feels the same as if someone said, “You are now 30 million dollars in debt” and you make $30,000 per year. It feels not even worth getting stressed about because the fix is so far from possible it feels silly to commit to squeezing out another $10 per month even if you could.
We all know we need to help those less fortunate. But, how can we squeeze that in when we can’t even get to all the things we are supposed to do?
Here is your answer. Make a small investment. Where your investment goes, your heart will follow. It’s a biblical principle. If you don’t believe that it works, put a $100 bet on a horse in the Kentucky Derby this May. See if you forget what time the race is happening. It's possible my example isn't necessarily in line with other biblical principles, but you get the point.
Just adding another thought for your 6 am alarm tomorrow.