It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it!By GARY ANDREWS,
I saw a short video the other day that made a tremendous impact on me. It showed a man sitting on a sidewalk asking for donations. The man had a sign next to him that read “I am blind, please help.”
Many people were walking by, but only a few were dropping money into the can he had. People were reading the sign; however, they were not thinking about his handicap and the problems he was experiencing.
It is this way every day for most of us. We see people in need and do not stop to think about their needs because we are so busy trying to satisfy our desires. We are so preoccupied with what we are doing or where we are going that we do not notice the ones around us, especially the ones that can use our help. Life is passing us by and we do not even realize the joy we are missing by helping our brothers and sisters in need.
All of us need to realize that at any time we can go from having what we need such as jobs, food on the table, roofs over our heads and families we can depend on to nothing at all. The ones of us that have what we need should realize that not everyone around us are as well off as we are. Many people do not want others to know they are hurting but will give signs of need that we should be able to see and read.
I know firsthand about having too much pride when I was in a time of need, but thanks to Godly people around me they saw through my piety and offered much needed help. Then there are those who actually ask for help and we should hear their plea and be there for them.
Jesus was the greatest example when He came to dealing with people. He met their needs and also gave Himself to die for all of our sins so that we may have eternal salvation. What more could anyone ever ask for. Jesus never missed a chance to help anyone and offers eternity to anyone that believes and has faith in Him.
All of us need to read other people’s needs and see how we can help, just as Jesus did. The blind man who was sitting on the street could hear the people passing in front of him; however, his sign was not attracting the attention he needed. One lady came by, stopped in front of him, picked up his sign turned it over and wrote new words. Her new sign read, “It’s a beautiful day and I can’t see it.”
Her words attracted many more people because it was not stating what was wrong with him, simply stating that he could not enjoy what everyone around him was seeing. A lot more people understood his need because they could visualize what he did not have and gave generously to him. All of us need to pay more attention to those around us and help them in their time of need, especially those that need Jesus. All of us need to be extremely generous when it comes to our Christian witness.
Lord I pray that I can be like you and see the needs of those around me. Thank you for the ones that have helped me in the past. Thank you for your saving grace. Amen.
Sunday – Acts 2:44-47
Monday – Ecclesiastes 5:8-9 Tuesday – Romans 12:9-13 Wednesday – Leviticus 23:22 Thursday – Philippians 1:1-11 Friday – Psalm 41:1
Saturday – Galatians 3:5-9