Saturday, November 11, 2006

BEING SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS

For God so loved the WORLD that he gave his only begotten son that who so ever believes in him should not perish but have ever lasting life.  John 3:16

Good evening, my has it been a long time since I have written in my own journal.  Please do not take this as a sign of not being blessed, only a time to look around, be open to the holy spirit and to put things in a better perspective.

Thank you Lord, for opening my eyes to the suffering of others.  Forgive me for thinking for even one moment that I am not considerably rich because of all that you have given me.  You tell me in your word that you will supply all my needs according to your riches in heaven.  Help me to never forget, just how much I have and help me to always remember those who have nothing.

Last night, I was given the opportunity to see just how poor another person can be.  This person happened to be a child, only 20 years old, abused by his parents and on his own, hundreds of miles away from home.  My son moved out last night and I took him to where he was going.  As I walked into this young kids home, I saw absolutely nothing because that is what he had, nothing.  Two very dirty mattresses on the floor, one old couch, drug in off the streets and a small TV.  He can't even get the gas company to turn on his heat and the weather is getting cold outside.  I thought to myself, how on earth can I even leave this young boy here in this, little lone my son.

I finished carrying in the few things that my son took with him, told him I love him and left him there.  All the way home, my heart, my very spirit was broken.  I walked into my home and suddenly, I felt rich because of all that I have.  Not that I am rich by any means but compared to this young kid, I am.

I couldn't sleep last night, thinking about them not having food, thinking about how cold it got last night, thinking about how hard this kid works and never complains about his life.  I prayed my heart out for both of them.

This morning when I woke up, my heart immediately went back to my son and his friend.  I found myself feeling so blessed and so determined to find a way to help these kids.  I got up and enjoyed nice hot coffee, a warm fire, plenty of food to eat, everything I needed.

I spent the day looking in my house for what I could give to them and I was surprised at how much I have extra.  Was able to give them very basic cooking supplies, a toaster, silverware, cups, crock pot, extra space heater, blankets, just an abundance of things.  Then I went to the dollar store and Wal-Mart and spent a little bit of money and got them all the other things they needed.  Soups and cracks and juice and just little things like that.  Went shopping in my deep freeze and found lots of extra food.

I called them on the phone and told them I had something for them.  Even put together a little bag of goodies for the kittens he had taken in.  I put it all in the car and took it over there.  I knocked on the door and told them I needed some help so they jumped up and came to help me.  I was so taken back by the shine in their eyes at what they saw.  Andrew, he has lived alone with nothing for months and I never knew.  I would have helped him even if my son wasn't moving in with him.

As they unloaded all the bags and put everything away, I could see the excitement in their eyes as to what I brought.  I felt such a joy in my heart and suddenly, I didn't feel sad or beaten up by the world anymore but humbled and thankful to the Lord for giving me so much to share with someone else.  He gets the glory and the honor and the praise.  Maybe this was not an accident that my son decided to move in with this kid.  Maybe it was God's unique plan in order to meet this young boys needs.  All I know is that tonight, those boys have plenty of heat, blankets, food and the very basics they need.

Thank you Lord, for using me to do your good works.  Thank you for showing me how much everyone means to you and thank you for blessing me in such a tremendous way. 

Please, don't forget the person right under your eyes that has a need, if you can help. It's such a wonderful feeling to give to another in need.  Remember, it is more blessed to give, than to receive.  Amen.