The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said,
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
When I encountered Javier, Jherson and Ivan they were really hungry, metaphorically speaking, for every good thing in life because destitution and poverty is all they had ever known.
Although I know it best to "teach a man to fish", I couldn't deny the reality of their immediate hunger...not just for food, but for the little things that so many of us take for granted: a cold drink on a hot day or a new pair of sandals when our old, warn-out ones finally break. So, I fed them and they ate like starving animals. I desired to teach them to fish, but saw clearly that they weren't ready to learn. They had been hungry for so long that they could only relish in the banquet before them. Surely their insatiable appetites would pass as they gained confidence in our friendship. I trusted that eventually they would want to learn how to fish. I knew I couldn't feed them forever, nor did I desire that. I just had to be patient and trust in God's perfect timing.
There were little plastic jars that fit perfectly into a larger plastic container - could this be it? This would allow them to see at a glance the various categories and available funds. Chris went to the bank to get smaller bills so we'd have exact change for each jar. We bought a little record keeping book and headed for their house.
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Metaphorically speaking, I'm thrilled that their appetites have been satiated, that their ravenous hunger has passed and they've found a peaceful way to exist outside of destitution. If ever the philosopher, Lao Tzu, and the personal money-management expert, Dave Ramsey, could have met I believe they would have sanctioned our plastic jar system and agreed that it is doing wonders to teach my Peruvian sons how to be happy, debt-free fishermen.
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