As I was reading a book this afternoon, I encountered the story of the butterfly which kind of reminded me of my vision to help the poor. I have always used the fisherman metaphor which goes …”Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime” And now I found another good metaphor to use for how I want to help them. I want them to be a full grown beautiful butterfly.

Change, often difficult but is so rewarding

Please read the story below to know what I mean:

*A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man expected that the wings would enlarge and expand to support the body, which would contract in time, but neither happened. Instead the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never flew. What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon was God’s way of forcing fluid from the butterfly’s body into its wings, so that it could fly once free from the cocoon. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong and we could never fly!
(*Ref: 48 days by Dan Miller)
The poor should not just be given donations but should be given livelihood so they can grow and develop their skills and eventually sustain them and their family for good. It is harder at first but far more rewarding.