Help Me to be Thankful
Living in a developing country we see our share of poverty. Even some of the children around our church are certainly malnourished. Not a day goes by when we don't see someone begging on a street corner. Yet, watching this man was especially eye-opening to me. I was left pondering how much we waste everyday. I realized once again that I need to be thankful for every blessing that I have in my life. Perhaps I have let my heart grow hard to those around me in need.
Should we help the poor? Is it our responsibility? Several verses come to mind: "He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again." (Proverbs 19:17) "...It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35) "For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land." (Deuteronomy 15:11) Perhaps most importantly we should remember the words of Christ. "...Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:31)
Lord help me to be thankful for what I have. Help me to have wisdom in knowing how to help those in need all around me.