This has been a most difficult week for Texas, reminding me of the day to day suffering of many others who just feel like today they are Under Siege from every direction, and they are looking for higher ground. Of course, millions of dollars and man hours will be spent recovering from this disaster, but for those aforementioned others how much will be spent on them?
While we rally around each other and pat ourselves on the back as Americans for always being there when disaster strikes, how about those we face on a daily basis? Are we really there for someone else in the nitty gritty sometimes dirty time of hurt and pain?
To the normal person not affected by this, it surely does not seem like there is a sense of urgency until the flood water backs up to our own house. It is human nature to applaud others, but what action are we taking to get involved with the folks around us who truly need the help of those who have been blessed?
Jesus confronted the rich young ruler who had it all together, gave him a road map to heaven, and rich young ruler rejected it. Basically Jesus said, help others with all you have been blessed with, then come follow me. Maybe the RYR had not read Job where all he had lost had been restored or known that no matter how much you give God, he gives you back more, pressed down shaken together more.
Every day, not just on the major national disaster days, people need the help.of those who have been given much. Just think if we could all pitch in to help in whatever way possible to those hurting daily, how much of a difference it would make in our world wide relationships.
There might be a whole lot less people living daily Under Siege!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.