“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
I think “caring for others” is one of the most neglected values of us humans. What does care (or caring) means anyway? According to Merriam Webster, care means:
- effort made to do something correctly, safely or without causing damage; things that are done to keep someone healthy, safe, etc.; things that are done to keep something in good condition.
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:14-17
Care enough not to judge:
Freeloaders – I have seen, read and heard this word a dozen times. I am sure you have too. Let me share with you a story. Four years ago, a month after we moved in to our new home, my husband got laid off. I prayed to God to help me get a job, any job for that matter – so we can keep our home and have food at the table. He heard me. Being new to the job I was not to get paid until after one pay period. We applied for unemployment benefits but then again we have to wait again to get the benefits. Have you ever been into that situation before, filled with uncertainties, worried about your child? One day, I told my husband that I am going to apply for food stamp (I could not imagine what was going through his mind and heart when I told him this…but I can see the sadness and helplessness in his eyes), to make the story short we were approved simply because we have a child. Freeloaders, such an un-caring word. I don’t know everyone’s story. But who am I to judge? I know how it feels. I know why these so-called “freeloaders” tried their best to hide it when they pay. Why they are embarrassed to say EBT? I know how it feels to make sure you don’t go over what you are allowed. Because we are afraid to be judge. You see my friends, everyone have their own story. Perhaps, it is about time for us to care….care enough not to judge?
“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” Galatians 6:10
Care to slow down?
Rush – have you ever notice how we are always in a hurry? I know, I do. It seems like nobody cares any more to slow down….
- to listen and talk – when was the last time you had a conversation with your family and your friends or a co-worker or exchange pleasantries with a stranger?
- to extend a helping hand – hold the door for someone., return the shopping cart for somebody on your way to the store…
- to give way – it doesn’t matter who is right or who is wrong.
- to stop and acknowledge someone – a smile, a nod, a wave
- to enjoy life
….to just breathe.
“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end. - 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 MSG -
Will you dare to care?
All good things,