The noblest goal of helping the poor isn’t always to give, but to restore the dependent person, if possible, to independence. We should give the poor discipline, not as in punishment, but discipline as in disciple. We should empower people to become disciples of economic independence though education and training. If we do not teach them how to care for themselves, be productive, plan for their futures, and embrace Christian principles of diligence, thrift and stewardship, then we have given them nothing of lasting value.
1. What is a tangible way you could help someone better themselves?
2. Does it ever make you upset that some people may not care about making themselves more independent?
Challenge: Pray for the teachers that lead classes and train others in how to care for their futures.
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