Wednesday, March 11, 2009

SHARE


"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ... Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:2, 9)

Try to go 24 hours without complaining. You'll be embarrassed to see what a whiner you are. I was! Our church at one time handed out purple bracelets from http://www.acomplaintfreeworld.org/. You were supposed to switch it from one wrist to the other each time you complained. Some people got rid of that bracelet pretty quick!

I am always humbled to realize that no matter how much I complain, I have a pretty good life. We can reach an alarmingly high level of frustration with feelings that our medical care, our insurance, our personal finances are not what they should be. And yet, we do have it better than most of the rest of the world.

That sobering fact should be enough to motivate us to share with those less fortunate than ourselves. Can you imagine caring for your child's special needs living in China, India or in an African nation? Children like ours are frequently abandoned for lack of finances or resources in these countries. It burdens my heart and makes me boundlessly grateful all at the same time!

I challenge you to share from your bounty with those who have far less! Places like SAVE ONE LIFE (http://www.saveonelife.net/) or Samaritan's Purse (http://www.samaritanspurse.org/) have outstanding ways to provide for kids with the special care they need. You can write to and pray for a child through Compassion International ( http://www.compassion.com/) or World Vision (http://www.worldvision.org/)

Not feeling like you have anything left to share? Think again! Places like the International Medical Equipment Collaborative (http://www.imecamerica.org/waystohelp.cfm?sctn=se) or Katy's Kloset (http://www.teamupwithfamilies.org/) welcome our unused or outgrown medical equipment and supplies. And of course, prayer support is always needed for any of these organizations and their beneficiaries.

No matter how you choose to share, you will realize an amazing side benefit to your bearing of another's burden. Our daily challenges naturally shrink as we pull alongside one whose trials are far greater and whose resources are far fewer than our own.

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