~Hebrews 13:3 CEV
"Remember the Lord's people who are in jail and
be concerned for them. Don't forget those who
are suffering but imagine that you are there
Life is busy. We live in an extremely fast-paced
society that constantly screams at us to hurry
along to go on to the next thing that needs to
be done. We don't take a lot of time to reflect
on our own lives, let alone have time to think
about the situation of others.
Is living in this kind of "hecticity" good for
us or does it cause us to be self-centered? Do
we get so caught up living our own lives and
trying to meet the needs of our own families
that we don't have the time or the energy to
look outside ourselves to realize or even care
about what others are going through?
There are many hurting people in the world.
People who are struggling to make ends meet.
Families that are falling apart. Associates who
are suffering for a loved one's mistakes. Those
who are sick and/or dying. People who suffer for
their faith. Have you ever seriously thought
about what you and your family can do to help?
We need to teach our children to look outside of
themselves, but first, we need to make sure that
we are able to look past our own circumstances
and determine what we can do for others. We need
to learn to have a broader view of life than
what is happening in our own backyard.
People need people. God has made us that way.
And there is no greater joy than the joy found
in helping our fellow man. Take a look around
you. Do you see anyone who needs an encouraging
word? Do you see anyone who needs someone to
care about the pain they are in? You won't have
to look far. Take the time today to actually SEE
those around you. And then determine what you
can do to help.
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