A heightened awareness and understanding of what is truly important has been the dominant focus of thoughts for many in recent days. When faced with the threat of a natural disaster, or in surveying the aftermath of the two massive storms that took the lives of 107 individuals and brought destruction and great loss of property, it is only natural to think about what is most valuable; to put it another way, what brings real meaning to our life.
Crises and critical needs jolt us back from the routine of life that dulls our senses and spirits to the really important aspects of life. The layers covering the innate goodness created by God in our hearts are peeled away in a single moment and we catch a glimpse of what life can be as we respond to the needs of those facing life changing events. The world would be very different if we all demonstrated concern and compassion for others everyday, even in the absence of a natural disaster, and lived a life that reflected the generous heart and character of the God who gave us life and who sustains life.
Generosity is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) made evident in one’s life as the Spirit of Christ guides and teaches us to see the world and all that is in it as Jesus sees it. Generosity is seeing human pain and suffering and taking action to help and bring comfort and healing. Developing a spirit of generosity and using the time, talents and resources that God has blessed us with brings us closer to God and to one another. Thus we develop an even greater understanding of Jesus’ words “to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind… and to love your neighbor as yourself.”
Please prayerfully consider how the Spirit of Christ is guiding you to use the time, talents and resources that God has entrusted to you for your spiritual journey of growing more into a likeness of Jesus the Christ.
I enjoy our journey together,
Ways to help:
- Give money to the Disaster Relief causes through Southside Baptist Church as you feel led to do so.
- Give items for relief efforts that are on lists provided by collection centers. (We have plastic bins for toiletries collections around the church.)
- Offer displaced friends or other victims a place to stay as they have to leave their homes.
- Volunteer at collection sights or even join teams traveling to help in recovery efforts.