Saturday, September 3: Pouring Out the Water of Satisfaction

i had an eye-opening chat with my partner last night.   being from southern europe and having lived in my country for over a year now, he was telling me his observation that over here in the philippines it is always a constant battle between people from my class and the poor working class.

because in reality, according to him,  people from my class — whether he is a retail magnate, a political bigwig, an established developer, a small construction company, or start-up business owner — make money or attain position and power mostly by exploiting the poor working class.

so the poor working class, unless they find a way out of the country or win the lotto, cannot really rise from their predicament.  they can work off their asses all their life and it is only the people from my class who become rich and richer all the time.

“that is why you will always have these old foreigners who will keep coming here — those who walk around with very young, vulnerable girls who have to bother to look their best, pretend they are attracted to them, and endure what they have to all for the purpose of getting a ticket to a better life,” he said.

while living in australia,  he always wondered how families here could afford 3 or 4 maids which are a rare luxury in the western countries.  now he knows.

i felt so ashamed and so bad.  if i could have reduced myself to fit into my pillowcase, i would have.

“If you have become bitter and sour, it is because when God gave you a blessing you hoarded it.  But if you had poured it out to Him, you would have been the sweetest person on earth. If you are always keeping blessings to yourself and never learning to pour out anything “to the Lord,” other people will never have their vision of God expanded through you.”  — My Utmost For His Highest

oh, how difficult it is to follow Christ!

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my Lord, forgive me.  bless me.  sustain me.  remind me. change me.

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2 Responses to Saturday, September 3: Pouring Out the Water of Satisfaction

  1. Ester Browning says:

    This is so true Joy…….I suggest you and the sistahs watch the movie, “THE HELP”….what an eye opener….it will crack you up, then make you cry…..so much to learn from this movie.
    Our domestic helpers are one of the working poor, and how we treat them is a great manifestation on our personality. When employers are treating their helpers badly, it goes to show that these employers are devoid of civility and right manners. We need these people and so we should treat them right like members of the family ( when you come to think of it, they live with us 24/7..).. and we should extend to them some form of generosity from time to time. Unfortunately, some domestic helpers are abused physically and emotionally by those people they are working for.
    It will probably take years to cure the dilemma of the classes in our country , but at least we can start by respecting them. We only GAIN, by treating people who work for us respectfully because they are there to help us and are not our slaves. The fact that we’re fortunate enough and are paying them to do the “dirty work” we don’t want to , doesn’t give us the right to treat them like we are superior or, worse, with disrespect.
    After all, we are all created equal in the eyes of God.

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