Recently I came across a quote from Mr. Rogers. He said his mother taught him that any time there is a tragedy, look for the helpers. God is in the helpers.
It is amazing to see how people reach out to one another in times of need. It makes me wonder. Should our response, as Christians, be different?
I think we all know that the answer is yes. Generally, people do what they can. But we are instructed to go the extra mile. God wants us to share more.
When tragedies are in the news, the needs of people are obvious. We can’t avoid seeing what is obvious on television. And if it is in our own community, then we automatically start asking people if they need help.
But during the normal times in our lives, we are not conditioned to ask. I believe there is a difficult path that we are expected to take here. On the one hand, I believe Christians should be the happiest people on the planet. On the other hand, I believe we are expected to have a deeper sense of compassion.
As Christians, we have been given more and more is expected of us. We should have a sense of contentment in our lives that is obvious to others. And we should always be looking for people who are in need of that sense of peace in their lives.
Our church does a good job of restoring the needs in the lives of those in our community. But God has a way of reminding us that there are still thousands all around us that need what we have. They may need something obvious like food or electricity. They may also need to see in us a kind of compassion that can only come from Christ. There is only one way to find out for sure. We have to ask when it is obvious. And we have to ask when it is not.
I look forward to our continued growth together,