a little less selfish & a little more giving {day five}

Today I am looking for ways to be intentional in helping others in my community.  Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own lives that we forget to look around at others…..or worse yet, we see the needs of others and choose to look the other way.  I will be honest with you and tell you that I have been guilty of both at one point or another.  But the sad fact is that there are millions of people who can’t afford to buy food for their families…..and even more disheartening is that I’m not referring to some third world country on the other side of the globe.  I’m talking about people right here in Texas….possibly right down the street from where you work or live.

When it comes to our treatment of those who are less fortunate, the Lord doesn’t mince words.

Deuteronomy 15:11 tells us that “There will always be poor people in the land.  Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.”

In Proverbs 17:5, we read that “He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.”

And Proverbs 31:8-9 gives specific instructions.  “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

This is not the post that I had intended to write this morning, but I felt a strong calling from the Lord to change my “plans”.

If you’ll recall from this post, my sisters and I grew up in less than “ideal” circumstances and definitely were never considered well-to-do.  In fact, there was once a time when a co-worker from my mom’s office learned of our need and was kind enough to donate a box of groceries to us.  On more than one occasion Mom bought our school clothes at the local thrift store.

But I am happy to say that the “hard times” are not the ones I remember most vividly.  I remember the love our mother showed to us and the lessons that she taught us.  We grew up in a clean home, had electricity and running water, and food in our stomachs (even if it was bologna sandwiches).  I don’t remember ever going to bed hungry.

Unfortunately, there are people who are not as fortunate.  There are mothers, fathers, and children going to bed hungry every night.

Where are we when they need us??  Spending ridiculous amounts of money on creature comforts such as new electronic devices, satellite TV, and the latest fashion trends.  Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m just as guilty as anyone of these acts.  But today I’m taking a deeper look into my heart and asking the Lord to speak to me and show me how I can help those around me who are less fortunate.  It’s not a pleasant task, but it’s one that will build character.

So, now I ask you……how can you help someone else today??

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Comments

  1. I struggle with this too! I used to be very involved in outreach, and then when I had kids, I became wrapped up in taking care of them. I am now looking for more ways to reach out and involve them if possible.

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