I know there are exceptions to this belief....but I think as a society we have shown over and over again that when we know WHAT to do...we do great things.
When something huge and devastating happens like 9-11 or the earthquake in Haiti ...people want to help.
People go without so someone else can have.
I think it is so wonderful, good and selfless to give to these huge efforts....but this week I was really thinking about the little efforts.
This past week I watched a good friend and her husband lose their three week old little girl.
There are no words for their pain, suffering and heartbreak.
Can you imagine? If you can...I am so sorry.
It feels helpless watching people you love hurt so deeply.
I couldn't watch the news this past week because honestly....my heart couldn't take it.
I told this to a friend that suffered a different kind of heartbreak this year.
Her marriage truly teetered in the balance.....and she said that her heart can't even take the news now after all these months......it still feels so fragile to other people's pain.
Overnight she became a single mother to two boys.
She needs help now to support her children.
There is suffering everywhere.
There is suffering across the ocean right now and there are people hurting all around us.
Please don't misunderstand me.
What has happened in Haiti is awful and life changing and heartbreaking and I am not trying to minimize it.
This week just made me think a lot of being the hands and feet of God.
It is awfully easy to give money.
It is a lot harder to put my sorrow into action.
One of my best friends was recently telling me that a dear friend of hers lost her husband a year ago.
Some of the woman's friends had failed to really reach out to her after the death of her husband and she was so sad that because these "friends" didn't know what to do....they did nothing.
When I was at Brave Girl Camp a woman talked about losing four out of her eight children.
She talked about how when someone is hurting.....Just do SOMETHING.
So many people would shy away from her after the accident because THEY didn't know what to do or say.
She was already suffering and broken in the worst way...and now she was alone.
There are so many people that feel hopeless.
What could we do today that demonstrates to a hurting world that we TRULY are the hands and feet of God?
The amazing thing about helping others...is that it comes right back to us.
It blesses us right back.
I know we each know one person today that is hurting.
Don't stop giving to the huge disasters in this world...I just want to open my eyes to the hurting and heartbreak right where I live.
One of my favorite quotes is, "Lord, break my heart for the things that break yours".
I truly hope that my eyes are more open to the people all around me that could use SOMETHING.
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, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit 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? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'