Posts Tagged ‘Assistance’
Who is on your support team? Who will pick you up if you fall? First, let me preface by saying that no man is an island! You may not need anyone right now, but sooner or later you will; I assure you! Don’t wait until crunch time to find out who is there; if anyone! Winning teams put their best players in their starting lineups. So should you! Don’t be a hypocrite – Walk the talk! Give before you take! Hopefully, you are cultivating a following and unselfishly living your life in such a way that someone will be willing to play ball on your court! It is a huge blessing to have devoted life players that you can call who have the love, time, ability and sincerity to give you solid advice; provide wisdom in decision making; charge your battery when you are down; push you to be your best; encourage, motivate, and challenge you; pick you up and carry you if you fall; be your friend; and be there for you in times of need. Having someone that you can talk to, pour your heart out to, be your confidante, and listen non-judgmentally is priceless. Pity the people who have no one! My Mother always say, “If you live long enough, you will need somebody to bring you a glass of water.” How true! For the privileged ones who think that they need no one because they are sitting on boat loads of money and assets, please know that there are so many things that money can’t buy! Genuine love, caring, concern, compassion … are among them. Knowing that you have someone on your team who will provide a dose of love is comforting! It can be just what the doctor ordered! Remove yourself from the company of those arrogant / selfish teammates whose noses are so high in the air that they could care less about anyone but themselves. Be what you seek; be a sterling example of love and humility … and surround yourself with those who are driven to score wholesome victories in life! Love, caring, assistance, empathy, sincerity, kindness … are the “balls” that we and our lineup should carry. They will yield the winning combinations. When you have extended your hand to help, hopefully someone will remember and reach back. No other score matters!
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All of you have probably seen or been confronted on the streets by individuals asking for money and assistance. What do you do when they ask? Do you give, ignore, or pretend that they are not there? Generally, if it is in a safe environment, I try to give. One day recently at McDonald’s, I saw a guy soliciting help who was an old family friend. OMG! My heart started to bleed! I gave him the $10.00 that I had. He had fallen on hard times. Life happens; bad circumstances can befall anyone! I remember on another occasion, I was riding with a friend and a gentleman had a sign that read, “I need food.” Of course, I was touched, but my friend said. “ We aren’t giving any money!” Instead, he drove to a nearby fast food restaurant and brought back a sandwich and gave it to the gentleman. There is no easy answer. There is also an element of danger when you let your car window down. Safety and good judgment always come first. What path do you take? The saving grace is compassion. When your heart urges and tells you to help, you are rightfully looking at the need; not the person. It is the right view to have. Maybe, your assistance can be a charitable donation. Perhaps, you may desire to volunteer your resources and time to a homeless group, a food bank organization, or your church. As Matthew 25:40 says “… Whatever you did for the least …. you did for me.”
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