This is written for all, but I want to specifically speak to Christians.
When you woke up this morning, did you have a roof over your head? Were you able to sit down at your dinner table last night and leisurely eat a nice meal with your family? Did you enjoy a nice hot shower this morning? Have you taken a look at all you’ve been blessed with and say a prayer of thanks to God for blessing you with everything you have? If not, you should, because one day, in the blink of an eye, it could all be swept away or blown away and you are left with nothing but the clothes on your back and sleeping on a cot wondering how you’re ever going to get back on your feet. That is what the folks affected by Hurricane Harvey is experiencing right now.
Christians…..WE are to be some of THE MOST giving people on this planet. The stuff we have in our possession…..this wasn’t something we obtained due to luck or due to our smarts/intellect. These possessions we have are given to us by God. That job we have that pays us on a regular basis? It is a blessing from God. It is that job that God gives us the opportunity to own what we have. But, yet, I’ve found that many Christians tend to be some of the stingiest people out there. Just ask a waiter/waitress on Sunday afternoons who gives the worst tips. My sister worked a few years as a waitress and, as a Christian, she found it very disappointing that the “church” people were the worst tippers despite the great service she gave them.
Some people may say, “Well, I don’t get paid that much and I have a lot of bills to pay.” The early church spoken of in the Book of Acts took some of their possessions and sold them so that they could provide assistance for those in need. Look around your home. Do you have things lying around just collecting dust? Might be a dandy time to have a yard sale and use that money towards helping people in need. You’re killing two birds with one stone. You’re giving assistance to people who have lost all they have while de-cluttering your house. I mean, why are you holding on to that stuff anyway? You can’t take it with you when you die.
Maybe you do have some extra cash at the end of your pay week that is used on frivolous items or pursuits. Why not decide to put that cash to good use and buy supplies to help the people displaced by Harvey get back on their feet? I’m not asking you to buy them a house or a new car. I’m asking you to do something that will help them take one step at a time towards getting back into a new home and having a new car. OR it could help them fix up the home they were living in. I have never experienced something like this, but I can only imagine how it must feel to be faced with the knowledge that I have no house left to go home to. It must be stressful and nerve wracking knowing that I would have to wake up every morning with hundreds of other people crammed into a school gym who are in the SAME PREDICATMENT as I am.
I know there are Christian organizations out there lending a hand to these folks. But, why isn’t EVERY Christian willing to sacrifice just a little to help someone who’s lost everything?