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Topic: Clothes (11/02/12)

TITLE: Nothing to Wear
By Edmond Ng


    For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. (Matthew 25:35-36 NAS)
In the hope of getting people to stop being apathetic towards poverty, a non-profit organization serving in Haiti, Leve Project, introduced a fundraising challenge in January 2011 called ‘Nothing to Wear’ (NTW). The idea of the challenge was to let people get a small taste of what they would have been indifferent to due to a lack of identifying with that something, for example, poverty.

Participants were given to wear a small NTW t-shirt as if they had nothing else to wear for a max of 30 days while raising funds to help fight poverty. The aim was not merely about understanding poverty, but also to see how God values the poor and learn to love what He loves. Instead of having people being told they are supposed to care for those in need, remember widows and orphans, give money away, pray for hurting people and serve ‘the least of these,’ participants get to experience it.

The message Leve Project hoped to convey of the challenge was clear, as spelled out in the script of the NTW introductory video.

“We have a lot of stuff. More than we need ... We SAVE, stash away, Upgrade. We like to have choices And we always ... want ... MORE! But while we have more than enough, others have less than they need.”

“Participants commit to wear the same shirt as if we had nothing else to wear while raising funds to help Haitian families in poverty. The more donations we receive, the longer we'll wear the shirt.”

“Why? Because it's easy to be indifferent to something we can't identify with. Like poverty. We cannot stay indifferent. We cannot continue living without taking an active stand to fight for justice for the poor.”

“And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God’ —Micah 6:8.”

Are we caring too much about what clothes we should wear, perhaps for an upcoming occasion or even our daily attire? If we have plenty or more than enough, and have choices we can pick from or consider, should we not also remember those who have less than they need and without a choice? As followers of the Lord, let us not become indifferent to identify with others, especially those in need.

For when the Son of Man shall come in glory as King, He shall say to those who have done well, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” But for those who have not done rightly, He shall say “whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me” and they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life (Matthew 25:40, 45-46).

Dear Lord, we are forever grateful to You for You have always cared for our needs. Help us Lord not to become complacent with what we have to desire for more. Guard our hearts O Lord that we may not become indifferent to those who are in need, especially those who have less than they need. Grant us Lord when we have more than enough to generously give. We love You Lord and we give ourselves completely to You.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/08/12
This is a nice devotion. I really like the idea of wearing the one t-shirt for a whole month. I think many people would find it extremely difficult to do and open their eyes a lot. The one thing I questioned is I'm not sure what NTW stood for. (I googled it but only came up with National tire and wheel) I did think you nailed the topic while delivering a great message. Oh duh--just as I was about to hit submit, I saw the title and realized NTW stood for nothing to wear. I do need to read those titles. Then I reread the story and saw it included in your piece. My excuse is the dog barking like a fool distracted me. :) Good job.
Noel Mitaxa 11/08/12
A good positive challenge, though I guess deodorant sales would have to increase as the month elapsed.
Randy Foncree11/10/12
Loved the message in this, though challenging...Believers need to live out their faith, and not just talk a good talk...God bless and thanks for sharing...
Noel Mitaxa 11/15/12
HC = Highly Commmended; Honestly Challenging; Huge Commitment. Well done (again) Edmond.
C D Swanson 11/22/12
Congrats! God Bless~