Jeremy Statton

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The Poverty of Not Being Loved

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What is the worst tragedy you have ever seen?

The tsunami in Thailand.
9/11.
The earthquake in Japan.
Hurricane Katrina.
The millions in this world enslaved against their will.
Extreme poverty.
HIV and AIDS.

All disasters. All tragic.

But there is a tragedy that occurs everyday all around us.
And not enough of us do anything about it.

In happens in Africa and Uganda.
In China and Asia.
Two places I have seen it within the last year.

But it also happens here in the United States.

It happens in your city and mine.
It happens downtown and it happens in the suburbs.
It happens at the bar late Saturday night.
And it happens Sunday morning at church.

It happens to the poor,
And it happen to the rich.
It happen to the young and old,
To the sick and the well.

It is the tragedy of not being loved.

Having witnessed more tragedies than the rest of us combined, Mother Teresa had this to say:

Abandonment is an awful poverty. There are poor people everywhere, but the deepest poverty is not being loved.

Although the tragedy is ubiquitous, the solution is just as available.

And of course, the solution is you.
For you and me to start loving.

We can reach out. We can notice others. We can hold their hand. We can laugh with them. We can cry with them. We can be a constant in a life where nothing else is.

I have heard it said that there is hunger in the world not because there isn’t enough food, but because those of us who have the food simply aren’t giving it to those who don’t have it.

The same goes with love.

Have you witnessed what happens when people aren’t loved? Have you been able to offer love to someone who needs it?

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About Jeremy Statton

Jeremy is a writer and an orthopedic surgeon. When not ridding the world of pain, he helps you live a better story. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google +.

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  • Harold

    Wow, this is thought provoking. More then that, I want to allow this reminder to share more love with others, to be a daily action of mine. Thanks

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      I felt the same when I read the quote. the entire article was based on it.

  • http://www.thechurchofnopeople.com/ Matt Appling

    Dog-gone it, Jeremy. That was awesome. :)

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      There is an amazing book review coming up the first if April.

  • Sabine

    So true Jeremy! More than bread, love and care are what makes people truly rich, and the funny thing is that it doesn’t cost any money to share them…

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      No resources are needed. no fundraising. all we have to do is make a choice.

  • Karen

    Sigh – that’s why I can’t seem to shake off old and current rejections in my life. And maybe why I find it a struggle to walk in love. I will keep trying though. Praise God for his love.

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