A Change of Perspective

Recently I was invited to one of those parties. You know the ones. The ones in which the host or hostess offers coffee, tea and snacks. Then the presentation begins. In this case the presentation was one of natural hair and skin care products. Inevitably I begin to develop restless leg syndrome that a speedy run for the door would cure.

Why this reaction? Because I have no need to spend money on something that, up to this time in my life, have been living perfectly fine without. We use the big box store hair care products and shower gels without giving it much thought.

Why go then, you may ask. To be sociable, I guess.

My husband and I are trying to cut costs. We are trying to reduce our debt and live more within our means.

And besides, my perspective has changed. Ever since meeting a young man named Modou.

Modou lives in West Africa. Daily life for him and his family can be a struggle. A struggle to find food with the little resources they have. A struggle to stay cool without the comforts of air conditioning or an electric fan. It’s a challenge at times to find clean water in which to cook, drink and bathe. A challenge to stay safe.

You see, by the grace of God, my friend Modou is a Christian. A missionary came through, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and Modou was born again. He lives in a country which is predominantly Muslim. An environment in which the people would rather give their food to the dogs, rather than to a Christian. They won’t hire him because of his faith.

He has very little and we have so much.

Modou has much to be thankful for. He owns a Bible. There are some pages missing but He loves to read the words written by His Heavenly Father. He loves to read and reread the promises of God and the glorious future that awaits him. His faith in Jesus inspires me. He teaches me. He cares for my spiritual wellbeing and has quickly become the friend I may never have the opportunity to meet in person until we are reunited with the Lord. Since meeting Modou, the first thing I see on my phone each day is a scripture that He retrieves from a Bible app.

Pure religion is this, that we help widows and orphans. (James 1:27) My friend in the Lord, Modou, is an orphan. He and his little sister lost both their parents, bringing an end to so much in his life including the opportunity to pursue higher learning.

Modou has something far greater than the things this world can supply. He is royalty because his Father is a King. His Father has a place prepared for Him in a mansion that has many rooms.

It’s all about Him, the Creator of the universe. It’s not about me, getting the best that money can buy. The best automobile, the best clothes, the best food, the best hair products or the best of anything. It is about giving our best to God. The One who layed down His life for you and for me.

Which brings me back to spending money on things I’ve been living perfectly fine without. In fact, I may just find that there are plenty of things I never needed in the first place.

Pray for Modou. Pray that God will continue to supply all his needs according to His riches in glory. Pray for we the people who live in the wealthiest country in the world. That we would have no other gods before the One True God. That we understand what it is to sacrifice for others. Whether it be time, prayer or resources. Look for opportunities to serve others and do everything as unto the Lord.

~Bonnie Roerdink

4 thoughts on “A Change of Perspective

  1. Bonnie, you brought to mind a young college student from Africa that my husband and I knew the first year after our marriage. We lived in a tiny apartment at the time, furnished mostly with hand-me-downs from family. But when this young man came to see us, I suddenly realized how rich we were, compared to him. But oh, his faith! His spiritual maturity! His intimacy with God, so apparent when he prayed! His were the riches I desired. Just like you I found my perspective changed. Not that covetousness didn’t ever plague me in the decades since, but God used that young man as a touchpoint of remembrance: “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5 ESV).


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