Over the past couple of months, I've been reminded time and time again that God often chooses to use His children as His hands and feet. I have also been reminded that while we have been commissioned to spread the Gospel throughout the world, we are also called to love and care for one another. The latter has often been neglected. In fact strange as it may seem, we are often more willing to send aid to a stranger around the word than helping the person next door or... our fellow brother or sister in Christ.
On any given Sunday, it is safe to assume that there are hurting, suffering Christians in our midst. There are Christians who have lost their jobs. There are Christians who are dealing with serious health issues. There are Christians who are worn out from trying to care for elderly parents or the challenges of a difficult child or other family member. There are Christians who simply need a kind word or a hug from others or perhaps they simply need a shoulder to cry on.
If we are aware of the situation, we have a catch-all phrase. "Let me know if you need anything." Do you know what? Nine times out of ten you will not hear back from them. Do you know why? It is because they are too overwhelmed and too tired to think and... they don't want to be an inconvenience. I learned this when I was going through cancer treatment. There were the people who would tell me to let them know if they could do anything and then there were the people who would corner me and say things like, "I would really love to bring over some dinner for you one evening this week. When would you like me to deliver it?" or would slip a card with a few dollars into an envelope or surprise me with a little thoughtful gift.
I am not saying that the former did not care. What I am saying is that people in crisis are often too numb or too embarrassed to ask for help. When they are going through a hardship, the last thing they want to do is add their burden to someone else.
It is time that we remember that as The Body of Christ, we are His representatives, His hands and feet in this world. If we do not care for and minister to our fellow Christians... who will?
This is a blog that truly hits home for me. You are so right, people do become so overwhelmed and do not want to be confronted with pity that they tend to just withdraw from others. Sometimes a person just needs someone else to take that first step.