Helping Hurting People

My family and I were discussing the other week how to go about helping those in need in our community.  With the downturn of the economy, we know many people out of work, and we see many, too many, For Sale signs in our neighborhood.  Sometimes right next door to each other.  It saddens me to think that there are people out there losing their dream:  be it their home, car, or job.  We discussed how to help those in need.  And we came up with some great ideas, I think.

Of greatest importance, I believe, is making sure that hungry people are being fed.  No child should go hungry.  It’s a shame that so many food pantry supplies are rapidly diminishing.  We’re living in a pretty well-to-do community and that should not be happening.  I know, there are a lot less people out there able to help.  But I believe that we all can do something.  Even if it is a bag of groceries for a hurting family. 

We also discussed how there are almost 180 churches around the area and there is still such a tremendous need.  Our motive as Christians should be to first provide for the needs of the poor, the widow, the orphans, according to God’s word. 

So let’s begin with loving others.  Even when we ourselves are hurting, we can still make a difference in someone else’s life.  A lift to the store or to a doctor’s appointment for a senior, school supplies for children of poor families, a bag of groceries for the food pantry, volunteering your time at a women’s shelter.  Anything is better than not doing anything at all.  We cannot remain sitting on our hands and believing that someone else will do it.  We need to take that stand and do for others.

As followers of Christ, we are to be the salt and light of this world.  No matter what your beliefs are, I think we can agree on the fact that we all need to help one another in tough times.  For you never know maybe tomorrow you may be the one who is struggling.  Wouldn’t you want someone to offer assistance to you? 

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