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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Reaching Out and Helping Others

How many times do we see a fellow brother or sister in need and do nothing to help. Don't get me wrong, praying is great, but what do you do physically? Is someone without food while you go out to eat weekly? Is a family without a vehicle when you have several? What if you're stretched beyond your own means and you still want to help others?

I came across a verse today and it stuck a cord in me. I had never caught part of it.

Ezekiel 16:49-50
49"Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.

50"Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me Therefore I removed them when I saw it.

"Abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy". Did you catch that? Wow. I started thinking about our country and how we're the most prosperous in the world. Yet many times we are food into thinking that we're poor and needy. That our life would be better if we were making more money or had a better (fill in the blank). Satan sure uses subtleties to get us off track of what really matters doesn't He?

Here are just a few ideas of what you might be able to do to help others around you regardless of your financial means.
1. volunteer at a soup kitchen
2. lend a helping hand to a neighbor who is shut in or somehow not able to do everything they need to.
3. cook a meal for a family in need.
4. donate unwanted clothing, books, etc... to a local church who gives these items away to people in the community.
5. dontate food to a food pantry - again churches do this as well.
6. make cookies or some kind of treat for your neighbors. get to know them and show them Christ's love.

I could post so many more but you get the idea. I honestly don't know anyone that is truly lacking in food, clothing, etc... In fact, most of us has more than we need and still some. What can you do to help those around you? IF you're looking for a food pantry, clothes closet or something similar, give me a ring. Our church has these ministries. They are also currently packing backpacks full of school supplies for children who might not be able to afford them. There's so many opportunities out there. I would encourage every family to choose at least one thing you can do to help those around you.

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Great reminder and great ideas, Mandi! I was just contemplating this ver topic a few days ago.