Hands To Work, Hearts to God
Most Christians just want to be happy, to have a good family, good job, good children, and not be bothered by trials- whether at home or at work or in their church. Most Christians think that as long as theyre not hurting anybody, theyre good Christians. Unfortunately, the minute you make happiness your goal, like the proverbial butterfly you try to catch, its not going land on your shoulder. If you just want to live for yourself, fulfill your dreams, plan your life to accomplish your goals, its not going to happen. Somewhere along the line, youre going to ask yourself, where did I go wrong? Youre going to say to God, "Why me? Im here, minding my own business, taking care of my family, living life in a "good" way, not doing anybody any harm, why am I not happy? Why is my wife/my husband not happy? Why?"
When Dr. Karl Menninger, founder of the Menninger Clinic was asked, "What should you do if you feel a nervous breakdown coming on?" he replied: "Lock the door of your house, go across the street, and do something to help your neighbor."
Gods ways are not our ways. Gods economies are not our economies. Gods solutions are not our solutions. If we lack money, we should tithe and tithe generously. If we are not happy, we should go and make someone happy. If we need something, we should give something away. If we are constantly harassed and feel there isnt enough time to do all we have to do, we should give more time for prayer. If we lack confidence, we should make somebody feel good about themselves.
There is a smart saying that goes anything thats wrong with you can be fixed by a change in me. We can bring that into a broader perspective and say anything thats wrong with the world can be fixed by a change in me. You might say we cant do anything about terrorists or the Asian crisis. But thats not how God thinks. He asks for our loaves and fishes, what we have right now, right here, and he multiplies that and blesses it until we have more than enough to change the world and our perspective. Right here and right now, that is what God is asking for.
There are many volunteer opportunities near where you live. We may think that theres a lot of things wrong with the world, but when you see how people are helping people, these are the loaves and fishes that will save our countries. Helping others who need help is what will save us.
Here are some suggestions on how we can do something that is bigger than you and me!
Fund raise for a good cause. Do some House Building with Habitat for Humanity. Clean up your house and donate your clothes, books, etc. to charitable institutions. Clean up a dirty bit of beach, a playground or whatever needs cleaning or sprucing up. Visit the sick, the poor, the prisoners.
Link to the Hunger Site and click on the Donate Free Food button once a day.
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