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Your just not keeping up with the Jones' if you don't have the latest and greatest gadget, car, pair of shoes, trendy clothes and so on—at least that's what the advertisers selling you these products want you to think. We've become a society of throwaways—my jacket's just not in style, my cars not sleek enough, this food is out of date. Because of this our products have gone from being built-to-last to being built-to-break, usually as soon as the new upgrade is available.

The dumpsters behind many supermarkets are filled to capacity with day old food, all the while people are dying from hunger everyday around the globe, and we're just throwing it away by the tons. It's easy to get caught up in the laziness that luxury can offer. We are a society that holds very little value on the things we buy and consume     

I recently read a news report about a man who won the lottery for five million dollars. Instantly, he told his wife that their problems were over and that they'd never have to work another day in their lives. They would buy new cars, new clothes, travel the world in style, and build a huge house with a swimming pool and outdoor entertainment center.

It just so happened that the very week he won the lottery, the local church that he and his wife attended was putting on a camp meeting and their guest speaker, by way of a translator, was to be a gentleman from the Sudan.

Winnings Spent

The night of the meeting arrived and the lottery winning duo walked into that camp meeting tent to the adulation and hugs of friends and acquaintances as they heaped praises on them for their amazing luck; but by the end of that night, the entire lottery winnings had been spent. After watching the slides projected on the screen of children dying in their mothers arms, bellies distended from lack of nourishment, gaping wounds festering with flies, the terror and fear of sickness and war written on all of their faces, the man who won the lottery could no longer think about mansions, cars and clothes. With tears in his eyes, he donated the entire lottery winning's to help the people of Sudan.

It's easy to get caught up in our own lives, buying this, throwing away that—thinking my wardrobe's out of style, my car's too old, but in the end Jesus will ask of us, “What did you do for the least of these?” “Who did you feed, clothe, help in sickness, visit in prison?” What will your answer be?

“For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me’” (Matthew 25:42-45).

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