Abraham Maslow’s needs hierarchy is a pyramid that has physiological as the first step, then safety successively moving up to other needs like dignity and self respect. This appears to be a step by step process but do they interact? if for example self respect is a deep human need, how might handing out food and shelter impede self respect? Here is the problem, we try to tackle poverty and housing by taking care of it for people but by doing so we will take out some of the trouble of life but are we not also draining some of the life out of life, because the stuff of life is about coping and tackling which leads to meaning. This does not mean we shouldn’t help people with housing and poverty, but we need to be careful that we do not do this at the cost of someone’s self-respect. Consider it joy when you face trials and tribulations, invite someone to take a closer look at Christ and his church.