David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Better to Give

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Our world is made up of those who have more than enough, those who have enough to meet all their needs, those who barely make it from one paycheck to the next, and those who have nothing. The first three of these groups have their medical, housing, food, and transportation needs met by an inheritance, employment, or government welfare. The fourth group, those who have nothing, are homeless and our poorest members of society. They normally live on the streets, in cardboard boxes or makeshift huts, or whatever they can find for shelter. The only way they get their needs met is by picking through trash, begging, or from handouts. They are often snubbed by the others and judged by their lack.

We don’t always get to choose what type of life or values we have. Some are born into fame and wealth, while others are born into a comfortable lifestyle for which they have to work to maintain. Then there are those who are born into and live their entire lives in poverty with little or no resources to change their predicament.

Invite your students to watch the following video [1:00]:
I am child hunger in America

  • What information most surprised you from this video? (Accept all reasonable responses.)

According to the information shared in this video, one in seven U.S. children don’t have enough to eat every day. This is a very real and serious issue that affects many people in America. 

Although poverty and hunger happen in America, we don’t always recognize it because it looks different than what we might expect. Because we may think of images of people living in extreme poverty with a dozen people crammed into a makeshift shack, or people with extended bellies due to malnutrition, we sometimes miss the very real needs in our communities.

It’s very easy to overlook the needs of others when we aren’t interacting with them on a daily basis—or when we don’t know how to recognize them. It can even be easy to discount other people’s needs or just not think about them since they don’t affect us directly.  

Today, we’re going to talk about a group of people who had exactly this type of attitude. They were blessed by God and lived a wealthy lifestyle. Let’s take a look at how God felt about the whole situation and what He had to say about it.

Looking for Steps 2 & 3?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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