We live in a dog eat dog world. Many believe that in order to get ahead we have to climb our way to the top. Bashing others is common place if it means making ourselves look superior. The squeaky wheel is often the one that gets the attention therefore being loud and boisterous gets results. Reality tv shows abound with self absorbed, selfish people that brag about their dysfunctional lives and demand others give them the attention they feel they are due. It’s pretty crazy out there!
God did not create us to be legends in our own minds! He created us to love and serve Him and to love and serve others. Philip2:4ESV Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. We don’t have to look far to see needs all around us. Though we can’t fill every need or help everyone out there, we certainly can start in our own backyards.
Some of us have family, friends, acquaintances or co workers that need our prayers. Intercession is something all of us can do and it is at the heart of bringing about change and help to others. It is helping in a way that man cannot help by calling on God and opening the door for Him to begin to work. Perhaps if we do this first, rather than as a last resort when man’s ways fail we will begin to see positive changes and answers far quicker. Galatians 6:2 ESV Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
There are many local charities that are already doing a great work helping others. Perhaps we can volunteer our time or our resources to help them out. For example, the Salvation Army has locations in most communities and they sure help others in very tangible ways. They provide food, clothing and other resources that many wouldn’t have without their help. Prov.19:17 ESV Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
Perhaps if we have an ailing neighbour we could volunteer to make a meal or meals, cut their grass or help out with any other chore they may need assistance with. Babysitting is another way of helping out. In this tough economy many people have had to relocate from their hometowns to find work and therefore don’t have family around to help out when they really need a sitter. Luke 10:27 ESV And Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
Sometimes something as simple as opening a door for someone with a disability or with their arms full can make their day a little lighter. A kind word can go a long way when someone if visibly upset. There is no limit to ways we can reach out. The only thing limiting us is often laziness. James 2:13 ESV For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
I am committed to spending less time on the couch and more time praying and doing. Time is short and there are many things that need to be done before Jesus returns. It’s time to rise up and do something!
Hebrews 13:16ESV Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Funny you mention the reality shows. I told my wife that I’m done with Biggest Loser, a show that started out teaching people how to live healthier, but had digressed into a dramatic “me” fest where they spend most of the show focusing on the selfish spats among the contestants.
I’d also like to add one hint that I gave to my daughter who just graduated high school: a smile from a pretty young lady directed at a boy can change his entire day, possibly his life, and a kind word will double the impact.
It takes so little to brighten someone’s day. And, in the process, your own day gets a little better, too.
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