‘I don’t want to help other people’
‘Why should we care about people in third world countries?’
‘I have enough of my own problems to be concerned with someone else’s problems’
‘I can’t help all that much, so why should I?’
‘I barely have enough for me, why should someone else get help if I don’t?’
‘I’m tired of people getting handouts’
Be honest, have you ever thought any of these? Come on, just be honest! Well, I’ll be honest. I have thought some of these.
There is an epidemic going around ‘Merica! It’s worse than anything we’ve ever seen and it just continues to grow and grow. There are times when it looks like we’ll overcome it, but so often, it rears its nasty head and continues on its path of destruction.
What’s this epidemic called?
Do you have ‘me-itis’? Are you more concerned with yourself than others? Do you have an insatiable desire to care for your self but not others? Have you ever compared what you have to your friends or family? When you see someone who needs help, do you think any of the questions in the beginning of this post?
If so, you may have ME -ITIS. The side effects are real. Here they are…
Pride. Arrogance. Tight knuckles. Lack of friends. Lack of love. Lack of blessings. No one to help when you need it. A smaller room in heaven. A lighter crown. Walking with a slump. Walking with a stick up your rear (very painful).
Those are just some of the side effects. Some may not be truly right on. Hah! But, here’s the thing, if you follow Jesus, you have the ABSOLUTE PERFECT EXAMPLE of why we should care for others and then ACTUALLY HELP THEM!
‘In everything I’ve done, I have demonstrated to you how necessary it is to work on behalf of the weak and not exploit them. You’ll not likely go wrong here if you keep remembering that our Master said, ‘You’re far happier giving than getting.’” ~Acts 20:35 (the message)
‘When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd.’ ~Matthew 9:36 (the message)
So, today is the day to start caring. To start helping. To overcome MEITIS. To start asking God to break your heart for the needs of others.
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. ~Matthew 7:1-2 (the message)
‘Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.’ ~Romans 12:20-21 (the message)
Maybe you start with baby steps:
Donate water to #floodflintwithlove
Volunteer to serve at Church
Volunteer to serve at your kids school
Volunteer to serve at the homeless shelter
Participate in the Shoe Project (If you’re a part of Thrive Church)
Look for ways to serve your neighbors
Help a family member in need
Just be and live Jesus wherever you go.