nickel & dimes
December 4, 2017

You Got Everything!

By: Rachel Harris [Raleigh, NC]

When I was in the second grade, one of my classmates would always politely ask to borrow my colored pencils,

and I would gladly share. When she returned them to me, she would say, “Girl, you got everything,” as she placed the case in my hand.

Caring for the poor is lending to the Lord, and you will be well repaid.
Proverbs 19:17 (CEV)

At the age of seven, I was confused by this. How is having colored pencils equivalent to having everything? Then I noticed something I had missed before: her clothes were too big, dirty, and raggedy. Although I lived a very comfortable life, her family was struggling financially. Soon after that, I gave her my colored pencils so she would own a set.

Since then, knowing that many people are lacking even simple school supplies, I have become more appreciative of what I have. This childhood experience deepened my willingness to share and opened my eyes to the varying income levels of my peers. Now, especially in times of struggle, I cherish all of God’s blessings and try not to take them for granted.

GIVING BACK: Contact a local school, and ask for a list of supplies students most often need. Then go shopping! Purchase a few items to donate to the school to help kids who need them.

Do Something

If your church or community supports affordable housing development in low-income neighborhoods, get involved. If not, consider proposing the idea.

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