From Ethiopia to Nicaragua, Paraguay to India, people around the world are living in extreme poverty. How can we solve this problem and create societies where the needs of all people are met? The answer lies in empowering people to realize their full potential. This work is done on an individual basis and all of us can participate.
People who live in poverty, who’s basic needs are not being met, might feel hopeless that their circumstances could ever change. Even so, there are countless examples of people who, starting in impoverished circumstances, have gone on to become highly successful. Just look at the many celebrities who have stories like this. Maybe they grew up in a third world country, maybe they were homeless at one point in their lives. Despite their struggles, they didn’t allow themselves to stay stuck. They worked actively to achieve their best, and it paid off in a big way.
Though they may not realize it at the time, people who lift themselves out of poverty and go on to become highly successful are demonstrating God’s principle in action. Something inside of them told them that they are important, that they’re here for a reason and that their work matters. This fact is true for every person on planet earth; we each fill a place in the universe that is only ours to fill.
The essence of this idea can be boiled down to one simple fact: You are loved. God loves you, and you don’t need to do anything to earn this love. Christian Science, or the law of Love, promises that God will pour out his unending grace to meet our every human need. The more we do to understand and cherish this idea, the more we will see evidence of it in our experience.
The prophet Elisha gave us a tangible example of how God always meets every human need in II Kings. One of Elisha’s servants died leaving behind a wife and two children. The widow’s family was in debt and her creditors threatened to take her two sons away if she wasn’t able to repay them. All the woman had left in her house was a single flask of olive oil. Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.”
As the widow and her two sons filled every empty jar they could find, the small amount of oil in their flask multiplied before their eyes. They sold all of the jars and made enough money to repay their debt. This story exemplifies the law of Love which Mary Baker Eddy writes about in the Christian Science textbook: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 494:10-11). This scientific law was in operation when the widow woman put her faith in God and kept pouring the oil from jar to jar. It didn’t matter that her family was deep in debt, God still loved them, and this love was enough to meet their need.
When we all hold this principle in thought, that no human being can have a need too big for Love to fill, we can each do our part in putting an end to poverty. When we demonstrate this in our own lives, we show that it is possible for all people, regardless of their human circumstances, to live a life free of poverty.
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