Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax”~
Change begins, from the heart of someone who cares. Too often, we get so lost in our own needs, and our own wants, that we take little time to concern ourselves with those of others. We say we don’t want to get involved, it’s not really our problem, or we convince ourselves that we couldn’t possibly make a difference in the situation. All of these are simply excuses for not caring enough to help. We must come to recognize, that all of our lives are intricately intertwined, and that what happens to one, affects us all. The truth of the matter is, when we do develop an attitude of caring and for serving the needs of others above our own, we come to find that fullness of joy and abundant provision for our own needs were contained there all the while.
Thought for the day
If we are honest we will recognize sloth as one of our primary character defects. Let us all acknowledge our sinfulness in this area and the fact that often our transgressions against our father God are of omission rather than commission. Let us begin today to be mindful of opportunities to be of service to God and our fellow man, knowing that it is in the giving that we receive. Especially in 12 step fellowships it is a spiritual axiom that we are nourished and re-filled every time we empty ourselves in the service of those less fortunate than us. Am I doing all I could for those less fortunate than me or am I involved in some major navel gazing?
The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into Christ’s body by one Spirit, and we have all received the same Spirit…So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other equally. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
~1 Corinthians 12:12,13, 24-26 (NLT)~
Remember this saying, “A few seeds make a small harvest, but a lot of seeds make a big harvest.” Each of you must make up your own mind about how much to give. But don’t feel sorry that you must give and don’t feel that you are forced to give. God loves people who love to give. God can bless you with everything you need, and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others. The Scriptures say, “God freely gives his gifts to the poor, and always does right.” God gives seed to farmers and provides everyone with food. He will increase what you have, so that you can give even more to those in need. You will be blessed in every way, and you will be able to keep on being generous. Then many people will thank God when we deliver your gift. What you are doing is much more than a service that supplies God’s people with what they need. It is something that will make many others thank God. ~2 Corinthians 9:6-12 (CEV)~