In our area, it is not uncommon to see people on the side of the road or at intersections asking for money or help. The sad reality is that there are many people in our own community who are in great need. Worse still, winter is coming. The cold temperatures can be brutal for those who have no homes.
So what can you do? You might not be able to give someone a job or buy them a home, but you can make a difference. The Bible teaches, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” (Luke 3:11) The message is simple – give from what you have been given. We need to see the needs around us and respond as we are able.
Is there someone in need of a friend at your workplace? Give friendship.
Is there someone in financial need in your neighborhood? Support them.
Is there someone sick? Is there someone going through divorce? Is there someone confused? Is there someone hungry? Is there someone overwhelmed? Is there someone too busy? Support them! Love them! You can’t do everything for them, but you can do something. And something is better than nothing.
CATALYST (Real Life’s student groups) will be striving to show love in November by serving the homeless in Chester. We haven’t figured out all the details yet, but we are going to start by collecting socks to give to those in need. You might be surprised by how many people don’t have warm socks when the winter hits. You are welcome to support the students in doing this by bringing a a package of NEW socks to any of our church events (Midweek, Sunday mornings, CATALYST events, etc.).
In addition, ask yourself these two questions:
- What are the needs that I see around me? And
- What can I do about it?
Jesus calls us to love. So let’s do it.