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In Italy, there’s shelves stocked with toilet paper, hand sanitizer, dish soap, baby wipes, meat, chicken, potatoes, and bottled water. With the second-highest reported death toll and number of confirmed cases, why aren’t they robbing their neighbors of every day supplies?

Because they value community and take care of one another.

Frankly, I’m a little disappointed in Americans taking more than they give. Today at the grocery story an eighty-year-old man was searching for dish soap and a bag of potatoes. When I helped him find a tiny bottle of too-expensive organic soap on the near-empty shelf, he took one. He did find four sweet potatoes, which means at his age, he’ll have to keep going back to the store for more. Because all the healthy people took the bags.

A man in line told Shane at the grocery store, “If this was a test, we’ve failed.”

I love my hometown of Colleyville and I love Texas and I love America, but I admire the Italian way much more right now — stay home, take turns going to the store, and only get the essentials. Because they are doing this, they lack nothing. They understand how to take care of their community, respect one another, and give to those in need.

If you were or are afraid, there’s no judgement here. I bought two 5-pound bags of rice for the first time in my life. When I offered one bag to the man searching for potatoes, he waved me off. “My wife is German,” he scoffed, “She’s saved food since the 1950’s. We have plenty to eat.”

There’s some wisdom here. But we also know fear and love can’t co-exist. Personally, I’d like to see a massive amount of Americans return their goods to the store so others who need them can get them. Fear drives us to do selfish things, and this is not a time to be selfish. God is watching, and our behavior as Americans is front-and-center on the world stage.

I’m so grateful to know a God who gives us second chances, who let’s us retake a test. America: let’s do a re-do.

Let’s apologize for taking more than we give, learn to share, and show the world we know how to take care of one another.

— Jen

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About the Author: Jennifer

Jennifer Strickland is a wife, mom, TEDx speaker, and former professional model. She is the author of Girl Perfect, More Beautiful Than You Know, and Beautiful Lies, among other books and Bible studies that teach women their worth in God’s eyes. Since leaving the modeling industry, she founded URMore.org, a non-profit ministry that provides resources to hurting women and girls. Her favorite moments are found working on the family ranch with her husband, who she calls “the Cowboy”; in her kitchen, concocting a new version of her famous spaghetti; or spending time with their three precious children.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

Jennifer is a captivating speaker. She keeps the listener hanging in wonder of what’s coming next! Her presentation is not only absorbing, it reveals the truth of God’s power to heal a wounded spirit.

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown, Former Stonecroft Ministries Regional Representative, San Diego, CA

“The ‘P’ word [perfection] may be the heaviest burden women bear. All the misguided things we do to attain it can keep us away from what we need most – the unconditional love of God the Father. The Girl Perfect Study Guide gives you a map to the wholeness you were created for.”

Nancy Ortberg

Nancy Ortberg, author and former teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church

“The Girl Perfect Study Guide shatters the lies girls and women believe and points to the ultimate truth, which really does set us free. I am confident that this study will help thousands discover a beauty, purpose, and worth that truly lasts. Thank you Jen for exposing the ‘perfect life’ and inviting girls to experience God’s ‘perfect love.'”

Allie Marie Smith

Allie Marie Smith, Founder of Wonderfully Made

One of the best testaments to what Jennifer is doing for the young girls and women of today is a comment from my eleven-year-old granddaughter: “Grammy, I want to read this book and hear her again. She’s good and I learned a lot.” This is exactly what I experienced from a grown-up perspective when I was introduced to Jennifer Strickland’s amazing story. Read it and see if you don’t get the real story from an icon model and a powerful speaker of truth.”

Thelma Wells

Thelma Wells, D.D. (Hon), President of Woman of God Ministries
As a teacher, participator, and observer of public speaking for most of my life, I’ve come to realize that many speakers make one of two mistakes when interacting with their audience (especially when that audience is mainly teenagers.) They either expect their audience to climb up to their level (which feels unattainable to the crowd) or they step down to the level of their listeners (which feels cheap and pandering.) The best speakers meet their audience where they are and lead them up to where they want them to be. This feels genuine. This is what Jennifer did over the last few days at our school.
Jennifer Strickland is a funny, engaging, dynamic speaker. She shares truth with authority and credibility that comes from both experience (her story is powerful) and an obvious depth of study in the Bible. The ideas she presents about Value, Identity, and Purpose are truths everyone needs to hear.
I heartily recommend her for your conference, school retreat, or any event where you want your people to be encouraged and challenged with deep, impacting truth.

Andrew Doan

Andrew Doan, Concord Christian Academy, Concord, NH

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