AX048719An apartment.  A bike.  A card table and chairs.  Three meals a day.  A black and white TV and a beanbag chair.

Is that enough?

A two bedroom siding covered house.  A garage with a car bought used inside.  A couch and overstuffed chair.  A grill on the back porch and the occasional steak in the freezer.  A color TV with basic cable. 

Enough yet?

A three bedroom brick and siding house.  A two car garage with a SUV and four door car inside.  A couch in the den and one in the bonus room.  A deck, basement and playground for the kids.  A neighborhood swimming pool and association dues to match.  Eating out a couple times a week.  A 32 inch TV with extended cable.

How’s that?

A four bedroom brick house with hardwood floors in a gated community with pond out back.  A sports car and SUV in the garage.  A boat in the works.  Couches and chairs and coffee tables and lots more in the sun room, den, sitting area, master bedroom, bonus room and finished basement.  A wrap around deck, swimming pool, fenced in backyard with benches beneath lush shade trees.  Intercom, speakers and built-in vacuum system throughout.  Membership at the club.  Golf once a week.  Eating out daily.  A flat screen HD-TV with full cable pumped through a surround sound entertainment system.

How about now?

There are 6 billion people in the world.

“Today, 1.3 billion people live on less than one dollar a day; 3 billion live on under two dollars a day; 1.3 billion have no access to clean water; 3 billion have no access to sanitation; 2 billion have no access to electricity.” (James Wolfenson, The Other Crisis, World Bank, October 1998, quoted from The Reality of Aid 2000, (Earthscan Publications, 2000), p.10)

We’re putting a “For Sale” sign in our yard this week.  Our first step away from the American dream and towards helping those without enough.  Your move.