Saturday, March 16, 2013

Most Powerful Good

The most powerfully good thing you might ever do is, just for a moment, care for another and do something for their betterment.  Anything.

(Kenya photo: our Guruguru kids - January 2013)
It doesn't take much to meet an important need in another's life.  It might be your child or another's.  A word of encouragement, a meal, a helping hand.  For some, a year's tuition ($40-$80) can make the difference, or a week's food ($7) perhaps.

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Easily done; just noticing and then doing.  
World changers, help bringers  ... powerful stuff from a simple choice.

Luke 10:25-37
Don't read this part.  It's from Einstein and others, and it's difficult.
The most powerfully destructive thing you might ever do in your lifetime is to see such a simple need and turn away.  Doing so destroys your soul as you choose your own distractions and mindless pleasures over the real life so close to hand.  Doing so consigns the one you see to the fringe, to the disenfranchised, to the unheard.  You've decided that you are the center of the universe after all, and in so doing, forfeited your own humanity.

I remember a fellow I worked with years ago.  We were talking about need in the developing world, and he was trying to persuade me he was a giving sort of person, I suppose.  He bragged about chipping in $20 in the collection plate when he went to church.  He didn't go often.  Considering his income, I don't think that really qualified as caring about others.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.