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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31 - Day 7


"She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy." Proverbs 31:20
So far we've seen the Proverbs 31 woman spends her time practically at home by attending to the needs of her family (vs 27). Today we examine how she invests time into the lives of others.

We see in verse 20 that she opens her arms and extends her hands. What a picture of compassion for others! She doesn't just see the needs, she actively gets involved in filling that need! She isn't consumed with her life, her household, her responsibilities...her little world. She is fully alert to the needs of others. Oh, how easy it is to have the best of intentions, but never really getting around to helping those less fortunate.

What does this look like? How does she have the time to serve her family and others too? How can I serve others?

  1.  See the need. Don't be so caught up in your own world that opportunities to help pass you by. I don't normally give money to homeless in parking lots or on the corner. However, last week a man approached me at the gas station. He was deaf and had a lanyard around his neck explaining his situation. I distinctly felt the Holy Spirit move me to help him. I searched the car for a couple dollars. Then I was reminded of a $5.00 I had in the glove box for a rainy day. Well, my day wasn't rainy, but his didn't seem very bright. I prayed that God would use it to bless the man. I left, my heart full of blessings for taking the time to listen to that still, small voice.
  2. Volunteer your time. Look for local outreach programs where you can get involved. Area food banks, shelters, pregnancy crisis centers, non-profit charities all need volunteers to help our communities. What a great way to not only serve others, but be a light in the life of someone else! If you don't know of any opportunities in your area, contact your church office. Many times they have been contacted by these agencies looking for assistance.
  3. Do for one what you'd like to do for everyone. By this I mean, take one person and serve their needs. Sometimes the need is so great we are overwhelmed and discouraged, wondering how we can ever make a difference. You may not be able to make a difference in the lives of many, so just start with one! Find a senior who is lonely and spend time chatting together, reading together or helping them with errands or housework. Adopt a family in need and help them with dinner or groceries. Befriend a child in your neighborhood. Reach out a helping hand to just one. 

The dilemma of taking care of elderly parents.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40 

While her household responsibilities are a part of her daily schedule, the time she spends helping the needy can be more relaxed. It may be once a week, once a month or once in awhile. It's also a great opportunity for you to spend time as a family; serving together, spending time together, investing in the lives of others together. What better example for our children than to join with us in being the hands and feet of Jesus!

What better example for our children than to join with us in being the hands and feet of Jesus!

Challenge: Ask God to show you who and how He wants you to serve. You will find yourself just as blessed, if not more so, than those you serve!

 Until Tomorrow Friends...

Be Blessed & Be a Blessing!

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Tracy Stoffell said... [Reply to comment]

Love this post. When you serve not only are you blessing others but also yourself.

Karen Dawkins said... [Reply to comment]

Just got home from church and the pastor shared, "You can have success -- chasing for yourself. OR, you can have significance -- and give to others." I want to be significant!!! Your post is a great "how-to" for significance!

Torrie said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks Karen. I pray that the tips and resources God gives me to share, are of help to at least one who read here.

Acts 20:35, "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

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