Monday, October 16, 2006

What Moves Me to Action?

In recent days, we learned of more devastating events happening around our great country. These events include the deaths in the Amish Community (get to know these wonderful people through the books by Beverly Lewis), the earthquake in Hawaii, the small plane that crashed into a building in New York reminding us of 9/11 (as if we could forget)...

Well this blog is meant to be encouraging so forgive me for bringing up these sad events...HOWEVER...these events reminded me of a challenge I wrote over a year ago back on the 4th anniversary of 9/11. And since I did not have this blog at that time, most of you have not read it :-) It's a little long but it's an easy read.

So fresh from my archives...just for you...as you read this, ask yourself "What moves me to action?"

(But first a note to my precious neighbor who is walking with God through a challening journey called cancer: Forgive me for not having done more for you through this battle. Thanks!)

Where were you when you first heard about the events of 9/11/01?
What were your first thoughts? What were your first actions?
Did you immediately start to pray for all of those involved thinking that it was the least you could? That prayer was something you could do immediately regardless of your available time or money?
As you found out more about those affected by the events did you find ways to ‘do your part’ to help your fellow countrymen?
As you remember them today four years later, is there something you wish you would have done but didn’t or is there something you wish you had done differently?



Where were you when you first heard about the Tsunami?
What were your first thoughts? What were your first actions?
Did you immediately start to pray for all of those involved thinking that it was the least you could? That prayer was something you could do immediately regardless of your available time or money?
As you found out more about those affected by the huge wave did you find ways to ‘do your part’ to help those in the uttermost parts of the earth?
When you think back on the tsunami, is there something you wish you would have done but didn’t or is there something you wish you had done differently?


Where were you when you first heard Katrina‘s devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi?
What were your first thoughts? What were your first actions?
Did you immediately start to pray for all of those involved thinking that it was the least you could? That prayer was something you could do immediately regardless of your available time or money?
As you found out more about those affected by the large hurricane, did you find ways to ‘do your part’ to help people in your neighboring states?
When you think back on Katrina, is there something you wish you would have done but didn’t or is there something you wish you had done differently?


Where were you when you first heard about a need of a friend at work, or your neighbor, or a child in your local school, or a member of our church?
What were your first thoughts? What were your first actions?
Did you immediately start to pray for all of those involved thinking that it was the least you could? That prayer was something you could do immediately regardless of your available time or money?
As you found out more about how this person was affected, did you find ways to ‘do your part’ to help a neighbor that is right in front of you?
When you think back on that need, will there be something you wish you would have done but didn’t or something you wish you had done differently?


Does it take a terror attack, tsunami, or hurricane to move you to action? While those events are big reminders of Gods command to love your neighbor as yourself, what are you doing to love the neighbor in need that you see everyday? Their need may be tangible (clothes, food, money) or intangible (a listening ear, a ride to the doctor, help painting a room). As we pause today to remember all of those who lost love ones or were adversely affected by the terror attacks, look around your life and see if someone’s life has been hit by a plane of: depression, job loss, divorce, death of a spouse, or something else, look to see if their life is falling down in pieces all around them. You won’t be able to do everything they need, but can you do something? Can you pray? Can you be there to listen? Can you take them to dinner and let them talk? Can you help in some small way to ease their need?

My challenge to you today is: find one special way to love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 25:34-36 (The Message) Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. It's been ready for you since the world's foundation. And here's why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.


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