Today , before I run off to the next appointment, I wanted to challenge my readers to think and answer this question:
Why are you here?
Have you ever given much thought about why you are here on this earth? At such a time as this?
A friend of a friend (let’s call her Lady X) took her own life the other day, leaving behind 2 children. Lady X’s relationship with her husband was rocky and there was talk of getting a divorce. I am not quite sure why she took her life although I know it had to do with all of the pressures surrounding her and her family. No matter what she was facing, or how serious or non serious it may appear to the rest of the world, it should be pointed out that it was serious enough to her to want to take her own life. What bothered me the most, was that she was not even 30 years old.
As I thought about her and what she was going through, I couldn’t help but think- where were her friends and family? We are quick to judge why people don’t talk to others. Perhaps she was not the best person in the world, I don’t know, but I have to wonder what role did those around her play to encourage and support her so that the enemy didn’t whisper words of suicide in her ear. Others might not have been able to do anything. But could they have done or said something that could have swayed her thinking?
Now, I’ve got a few different types of people surrounding me. I’ve got people who go to church regularly and spend time with their families all time, I’ve got people who have no close family but spend time going out and celebrating in one form or the other every weekend. I’ve got people who work hard and are trying to pay off their debt, and I’ve got people who work hard, have no debt, so they just spend their money on ‘stuff’. I’m not judging anyone for where they are or what they do, but I feel sometimes we can get so caught up within our comfort zones and circles that we totally miss some of the hurt that is going on right up under our noses. I honestly find that there are so many people concerned about what they are personally going through, that they totally miss the fact that there are others around them struggling, hurting, going through financial difficulties and honestly need help.
I have to say this: If we are solely concerned about ourselves and what is going on with our own lives, our relationships or even our wardrobe, you have missed the boat totally. God did not put you on this earth for yourself. There are people out there who also have issues with their lives, with their relationships and who have less than two pieces of clothing. They need our ministry.
If our comfort zone is only being around those that are in our immediate circles, we’ve also missed the boat. There are some 6 billion people on this earth… As individuals we might not be able to reach all of them, but we should seriously seek God for discernment and ask Him to reveal to us how we can reach out to others or bless others.
Our salvation is not for us. Our salvation is not to say oh well “I’m saved and I know that I am. God touched us so that we can touch others who don’t want to be touched by Him. S
Sometimes we are the only light that others around us can see. That neighbour who we don’t even say hi to in the mornings. S/he might be going through something that they don’t know who to talk to. That person with two kids in the grocery store who is paying for her groceries but is wondering if she can even afford to get all the stuff in her cart. All she wants is someone to actually just say, can I pay for your groceries today!
Sounds surreal. But we need to think of ways to bless others. We need to stop saying to others, “oh I will pray for you.” when we know very well that we don’t even set the time of day to pray for others. We end up on facebook, on whatsapp, on twitter, watching reality shows…, browsing the shopping channel. We will do everything but pray. Meanwhile, we have people who need us.
It’s not good enough to say, well I don’t want to get involved. What if they don’t want to hear what I have to say or want my help. You will never know until you go there. GET INVOLVED!
It’s not good enough to say, well I don’t want to lend family or friends money because the relationship will go south. That is not true! We don’t want to lend because we think we worked hard for our money and so we deserve to spend it on ourselves. And while God wants us to be wise about our finances, there are times we spend on things we don’t really need when there are others who actually are in need.
It’s not good to say or think that because we believe people are strong and have it all together, that they actually are. That’s far from the truth most of the time. People put on faces daily!
But what good is life, if we are so focused on ourselves that we totally miss the person sitting next to us who is hurting or wondering how they will provide for their families? If his relationship will last for another four days.
I believe that we have to step up to the plate. As believers in Christ, we have to do better. We have to do what God has called us to do. CARE!
So my challenge to you today, is to think about how you can be a blessing to someone else. Ask the Holy Spirit for discernment. Sometimes He will show us people in our comfort zones, sometimes He will show us people that we really don’t think we need to help. But I believe there is a blessing for those who will reach out to bless someone else.
May God give us grace to be His light on this earth.