IN ALL ERNESTNESS


A Little Bit Of Perspective…
November 29, 2007, 6:06 pm
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That is what we need sometimes…a little bit of perspective. As I read the paper this morning I read an article about Art Briles. He was the coach of the University of Houston’s football team where he made 900k coaching a mediocre team in a sub-standard conference. He just took a position as the head coach of Baylor’s football team for 1.8 million. Baylor hasn’t had a winning season since 1994. I then began to think about the A-Rods, the Kobe’s, the Tiger’s, and the Brady’s of the sport’s world. Each making ungodly amounts of money to play a sport.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE sports fan but really…How do we justify paying them these huge salaries when there are people living in poverty all over the place. I couldn’t help but think of the faces we see on Wed. nights in downtown Houston at Montrose Street Reach. Then I thought of our boy we sponsor in Uganda through Compassion International. I thought of those in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Then tonight we were invited to a benefit concert in The Woodlands by our new friends the Marlers. It was a beautiful night. The weather was perfect. The music was great. There was free Starbucks and desserts. But most importantly there was a cause. Clean water. Sounds simple enough. We all have it; they all need it. People all over Africa are dying all the time by diseases and stuff caused by dirty and unclean water. We walked around and looked at the different posters all around. One in particular struck me hard. In this certain part of Africa they don’t give their children names until they are 5 yrs old because of the high mortality rate due to unclean water.

We later found out that $20 could provide clean water for someone for 15 years. $20…what’s up with that? How many times have we seen $20 disappear without even realizing it? Then we turn around and pay some guy 1.8 million to coach a football team. Say he turns the program around and they go undefeated…what does that really accomplish? What difference does that really make?

As Americans we get things screwed up sometimes…a lot of times. Tonight we bought a T-shirt and some raffle tickets but so much more needs to be done.

Things like tonight. Friends like the Marlers, the Iveys, the Bushes, Jimmie, etc. Learning more about those in need (both here and in other countries). They make me think about things. We may not be able to change everyone else but we can change ourselves.  What am I doing to make a difference? What are you doing to make a difference? What CAN we do to make a difference?

“As much as you do to the least of these you do it unto Me” -Jesus

idk…just some thoughts.

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Oh my gosh! $20 to give clean water for 15 years to someone. I am amazed at this and where do I sign up? Email with details. Blessings to you both and thanks for bringing this to light and opening up my eyes – thank you Ernest, thank you Jesus!

Comment by Judy Works

Judy – hydratehope.org and iamchange.org

Comment by ernestparker




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