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Max, Michael, tobyMac, third day... united and on a Mission
By Caroline Lusk
For just one second, throw out all your presuppositions
and ideas about the phrase “starving children in Africa” or
Ethiopia or Somalia or any country that’s been interjected
into flippant and often apathetic conversations.
Throw them out.
And instead, think about your child… or a child you
know—a friend’s child or a niece or nephew or church
Now, imagine that that child was so starved that his or
her hair began to turn red as protein leached from their
Or the belly protruded from a bony frame because of
Or this child contracted a case of diarreah—a normal
case that we would treat with Pebto or some other
convenient elixir—and died.
Can you see it?
Can you see your baby, your friend, that sweet child in
your life suffer so much?
What would you do to stop it? To fix it? How much
would you pay? What would you give?
If we look to God for an answer, it’s fairly
straightforward—everything. Because when our sin
caused us to become disfigured and distorted and dying,
God sent His son to pay a way for us to become well.
Today, you and I have the opportunity to also help
someone else in desperate need of care and attention. In
fact, it is that specific reason that Max Lucado, Third Day,
Michael W. Smith and tobyMac have partnered with World
Vision to create the Make a Difference Tour.
The idea emanated from Max Lucado, who celebrates
his 25th year as a writer in the publishing industry and has
just wrapped up a book called Outlive Your Life.
“I called the book Outlive Your Life, because just by
doing a small thing, you can do something to outlive
your life,” says Lucado. “You can understand why people
are poor. Some are lazy. Others were born in the wrong
latitude with no access to clean water or paved roads or