Today, many people have become lazy and materialistic. Back then, people had to work for everything they had and now it’s like everything is just handed to people who give little effort when there are people who work harder, but get less. In America, we take the little things for granted, like the fact that we can just walk to the refrigerator and get something to eat or when its too hot we can turn on the AC.
Most of us do these things on impulse and forget that there are others out there who are fighting just to stay alive. I used to be one of these people, one who used to throw food away just because it was three days old or I would stand in the shower and let the water run and not think twice about the fact that I had clean, running water. My attitude on everyday things I use changed when I went on a mission trip to Juarez, Mexico.
From the second I arrived, I knew I was in for a big surprise. We went to teach about God, build houses, cook, clean, and care for the children at the orphanage where we stayed. Throughout the time of my stay, I was able to hear about many of the children’s stories.
Some were neglected, others abused, and some ran away because they were afraid to live with their families for fear of their lives. The children were so thankful for living in a place where they could eat daily, had clothes to wear, and had a bed to sleep on at night. I couldn’t believe it! At first I thought they were missing out because they barely had enough food, they had holes in their clothes, and most of the beds were old, had ripped sheets, and some didn’t even have pillows! I felt so horrible because I remembered all the times that I complained over material things and these kids were thankful because they had a roof over their head.
I remember I got down on my knees and I thanked God that I grew up in a country that had so many freedoms and that was so great. After i got home, I was completely changed. I became so disgusted with materialistic people who felt they were too good to wear clothes that weren’t from Hollister or American Eagle.
I would snap at my friends anytime they bragged about anything materialistic. Eventually, I learned though that you can’t change peoples minds, even if it is to change them for the better. But, at least I was able to make my friends start donating thier things to people who needed it more. I defintely think EVERYONE should go on a trip like this because it will really make people appreciate everything they are given.
This trip totally changed the way I looked at life. I learned that money isn’t everything and that maybe just having enough is all that i really need to be happy.
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