My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, December 9, 2011
Meet Pressing Needs
Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.
(Titus 3:14 NASB)
Those who work for the Lord (meaning all believers) must be attentive to the needs around
them on a daily basis. Especially during this holiday season it's
important that we don't become so absorbed in our own activities that we
miss those around us who have pressing needs. For many people the
holiday season simply exacerbates their needs and they feel even more
inadequate. Therefore, we must ask ourselves what we can do to meet the
pressing and immediate needs.
There are those who would say that it is not worth it to meet the
pressing needs, but rather we need to go to the root of the issues and
work on those so that these problems do not continue. This is true in a
sense. There is the famous saying, "Give them a fish and they eat
today. Teach them to fish and they will eat for a lifetime." While
visiting Mother Theresa's home in Calcutta, however, I was struck by this saying
of hers which had been framed and put on the wall. "Don't talk to me
about teaching them to fish. If I don't feed them today they will die."
In this Christmas season may we look around us for those who have
pressing needs and reach out to them so that they may know the reality
Lord, may today be a day of surprises as I seek to be Your servant in the world. Amen.