I love this picture. This is Maria and Mariam and they live in a garbage community in Egypt where the industrious poor collect trash, sort through it and recycle or reuse what they can. It's a pretty intense place, but this picture reveals a kind of strength I have seen in many poor.
Poverty is a raw deal. But Proverbs says that there are some things even worse than poverty. Here are a few ...
Proverbs 28:6 - It is better to be poor and honest than rich and crooked.
Proverbs 15:16 - Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.
Proverbs 15:17 - Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it.
Proverbs 16:8 - Better is a little with righteousness than large income with injustice.
Proverbs 16:19 - It is better to be of a lowly spirit among the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 17:1 - A dry crust eaten in peace is better than a great feast with strife.
Proverbs 19:1 - Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Proverbs 19:22 - What is desirable in a person is loyalty, and it is better to be poor than a liar.