YEARS ago, way before we ever went on the mission field, I helped a young man who tipped his wheelchair over and couldn't get up - I stopped my car, and got out to help him, got him back upright, and sent him on his way. But my pastor asked me - why did you stop and help him? were you thinking about what others thought about what you were doing, or were you doing it because it was the right thing to do?!
Now...my DNA since my earliest memories, was as a 4 year old saving a baby bird that had fallen from a nest...and I begged my pre-school teachers to save this poor little creature. As an adult I realized that this was hopeless, but as a young child of 4, my world was wrapped around this little bird.
God put into me the NEED, no, the MANDATE to help others...people, animals, it doesn't matter. My husband has been so frustrated with me at times ...as an example, one day I made him pull over as a praying mantis was on our windshield, and I knew would be killed if he flew off of it at 50 miles per hour, so I made him stop, I scooped it off our windshield, and placed it on the forest floor before we continued on. I've "rescued" a robin who flew into my windshield...I took it to the vet...I picked up (yes..I picked it up) a tarantula that made it's way into our house, and I escorted it out to do it's job...I've given food to the starving, clothed the naked...I can't pass by the need...it's a bit overwhelming at times...I feel overcome...but my DNA, no....my God script in my soul...tells me to help those who can't help themselves.
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Then I look at my motive...what IS my motive?! Do I do it without others seeing?! Yes...I've stopped and administered CPR to a bicyclist hit by a car...a man who flew through a windshield not wearing a seat belt, and life flighted him to a hospital...delivered a baby in the devastating earthquake torn country of Haiti...comforted a man who lost his whole family after a tsunami swept them all away...I do it because I am called to do it...I do it because I can't NOT do it...my heart hurts when others hurt...
Search your heart...do good to others...not because society is watching...not because you want to be seen...do it because you WON'T get the accolades...do it because you WON'T be seen by others...because God sees your heart...He knows why you do it...
1 Samuel 16:7
"...The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
|I was sick and you visited me...|
|I was naked and you clothed me...|
|For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat...|
Matthew 25:35 - 40
‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’