Saturday, February 28, 2009

Free of money and possessions

a Biblical thought...
Gideon said to God, "If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised- look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said." And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. (Judges 6:36-38)

a Book thought...
The clearer your vision becomes, the easier it is to guard what God calls you to do. (p64)
a Dave thought... from The Age
They have no running water, no TV and no fridge - and they share a squat toilet with their neighbours. But For an expat Australian family, living in Delhi's slums has been a deeply enriching experience.
MARK and Cathy Delaney don't need to see the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire. The couple from Brisbane experience slum life in India first-hand every day. For 13 years, they have lived in the shanty towns of the Indian capital, Delhi, raising their children and sharing their lives with the locals.
The Delaneys have two sons — Tom, 12, and Oscar, 7 — who were born in India and have lived most of their lives in slums.
The family home, in a neighbourhood called Janta Mazdoor Colony, is about the size of a typical Australian bedroom. They have no running water, no television, no fridge and no washing machine. Two mattresses double as a lounge in the day, and meals are eaten sitting on the floor. They share a small bathroom featuring a squat toilet with neighbours. Most of the Delaneys' possessions are stored in a few steel trunks.
But the Delaneys are not complaining. They are strongly motivated by their faith, believing that life is more about caring for others than about comfort and success in the world's eyes. For them, living in a slum has been deeply enriching.
"It baffles us that more people in Australia who say they are sick of their lives don't do something like we have," says Cathy, who holds a master's degree in pure mathematics.
"The longer we have stayed here, the more we can see the positive effect it has had on us as people. I feel much freer of money and possessions — these things don't define my life."

Just a thought.

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