End of the Day…

At the end of the day, when we’re slipping away, I wonder if we’ll wonder what we did today. My daddy always asked, did you leave it better than you found it? When I’m hurtling to my death, I’ll wonder that. Did I leave this earth better than I found it? If we all leave this earth better than when we found it, this world would be a lovely place. What am I doing right now to leave the world better than I found it? What did I do today? We all know that the sum of our days equals … Continue reading End of the Day…

Control (Valentin’s Story, Part II)

He knew life could be easier. He knew if he let her go, it would be easier. She could have a better life. But the thought tore at his heart. She was the only one he had left. She was a part of him. So he ran. He carried her. He cared for her, in sickness and in health. He used his wits. He kept them alive. Even when it was cold. He woke her up. He watched her as she rubbed the sleep from her eyes silently and looked blearily out onto the alley. She wasn’t looking at anything … Continue reading Control (Valentin’s Story, Part II)

Child Beggars (Mindless Charity Hurts)

Child beggars are tough. There is no real welfare system in India. The government isn’t the smoothest operator and frankly, there is still enough prejudice and not enough compassion. These kids tug at you and put out their little hands. Sometimes they’re gaunt and have blank-looking eyes. Sometimes they just look like normal kids in rags running around. Whatever they look like, those young eyes and little hands tug and guilt you so it’s almost impossible to pass them by. But sometimes, as hard as it is, giving these kids money isn’t always the best thing for them. Families with children oftentimes know … Continue reading Child Beggars (Mindless Charity Hurts)

Mindless Charity, I

It was Diwali. The landlord’s wife proudly told me that they were going down into the slum to give sweets to the poor people so they could celebrate, too. Once or twice a year they share their bounty with their neighbors. Historically Christians have a reputation for giving. The vast majority of hospitals, schools, and orphanages have been built by Christians, who gave their time and money to make life better for strangers. But as our society has become more self-centered, giving falls away, even among Christians. People start to wonder why they give. If it’s to ease their guilty conscience … Continue reading Mindless Charity, I