I am a crusader for sponsoring children through aid agencies like World Vision and Compassion International. One of the families we support in Guatemala earns part of their income from making hacky sacks. Actually to be perfectly clear, they make the sack that makes the hacky sack. Or to be even more clear, they make the outside, colorful portion of the sack. On average, one person, amongst their other chores and school work, can make two sacks a day. Each sack earns 2 quetzales; so one individual can earn about 4 quetzales a day. With five or six family members all making sacks, they can earn as a group about 24 quetzales per day. That translates in dollars to about $3.20. And that’s a gross amount and doesn’t include material costs or other expenses.
At retail, hacky sacks sell from $4 – $6 each. So that’s a gross of at least $96.00. Granted, there are other costs after the original weaving is done, but the bulk of the work is in the weaving. The rest is just stuffing with plastic beads and closing the sack.
There’s something wrong with this picture ………..
Psalm 7:3-5 (NASB)
3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,
If there is injustice in my hands,
4 If I have rewarded evil to my friend,
Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary,
5 Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it;
And let him trample my life down to the ground
And lay my glory in the dust.
I am well aware that as long as there are people in the world, there is and always will be injustice. It doesn’t make it any easier to accept, especially when it happens to me or someone else that I highly esteem.
The thing I have to constantly ask myself is this – is it me? Am I the one who is taking advantage of someone else? So many times, I don’t consider how my own actions, my own selfishness affects others. I don’t mean to be careless, but there it is ……… I am.
Today as I raise the mug, I lower my head and ask forgiveness. And I pray, Lord, protect me from myself and protect the weak from me. Don’t let me be the one who takes advantage of another person.
All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com