a hero. Mother Teresa said, “It’s not how much you do, but
how much love you put into it while doing it, that matters.
We can do no great things, but only small things with great
How have you experienced God’s love?
Shane grew up in a loving and encouraging home. He’s very
grateful for the incredible family that he has. His experience
with hospitality started at a young age where he witnessed
it firsthand consistently in his home. He says he grew up
with the southern family outlook and hospitality; the family
always around – grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.
After leaving Tennessee, Shane desired to extend this
“Southern family love outlook and hospitality” to those
who don’t look like him, who don’t have a home, never
experienced love, or share the same beliefs as him. Shane
was fortunate enough to experience God’s love personally
through his mother’s outreach program for those who were
homeless. His mother ran a hospitality network for churches
who would take in the homeless that were brought down
How would you encourage the young reader to live out love by
helping those in their community?
No one says it better than Dietrich Bonhoeffer, when he
says, “Connect our passion to the world’s pain; find our
vocation, not our career”. Vocation is about finding a way
that we can participate in the redemptive story of what
God is doing in the world. We need to figure out a way to
use our gifts and talents. If someone wants to be a lawyer or
a doctor, you need to link that with how you can use those
gifts to connect with what God is doing in the world.
Shane pointed out that we tend to get wrapped up in
personal “big things”, but we also need to be focusing on
the smaller things with people like relationships, visiting
someone, caring for the sick, welcoming the stranger and
sharing food. Before we can make poverty history, we need
to make poverty personal.
Economy of Love:
Economy of Love is a DVD series and study guide. It
examines the idea of wrestling with the great moral issue
of disparity of the super-rich and the super-poor. It looks at
how the average American consumes more than what up
to 500 people in Africa would. The rich own the majority
of the resources in the world. The average CEO is making
380 times more than the average worker would make. It’s
a heart breaking reality that is backed up by even more
Jesus taught us about economics and unjust systems, tax
collectors and patterns of economic oppression. Jesus’
prayer of Our Daily Bread is that everyone would have
enough to eat and to live on what we need only for today,
not worrying about tomorrow. If we were truly praying this
prayer, we would be content with only having what we
need for the day and not selfishly indulging in more than
we need, while leaving others with not enough for the day.
It’s interesting to note that California produces enough
for the entire world. The elevation of extreme poverty is
realistic and the world continues to not make it a priority
to change it. When you put it into perspective, the harsh
reality is that people are dying because they don’t have a
$3 mosquito net.
We need to find life in the simplicity of the lilies and the
sparrows. When the Holy Spirit falls on us, we will begin to
share more and our needs will be met. In the early church,
everything was shared. We are called to love our neighbours
as ourselves. If we have two jackets and someone does not
have one, then we have stolen from them by hold on to
Love is what drives us. Capitalism won’t exist and Marxism
won’t be necessary, when true love is lived out.