Much is required from those to whom much is given,

and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.    – Luke 12:48 

While I sit in a warm, cozy room working at my computer, there are homeless people just 15 minutes away sleeping in the woods tonight.  Among those people is a mother with a little baby just 9 weeks old.  It’s going to be rainy and cold tomorrow night .  How will they stay warm?  How will they stay dry? 

While I enjoyed the luxury of lights, a microwave, frig, heat/ac, and hot water, a mother and her children had no money for electricity in their trailer, so they ran an extension cord from her mother’s trailer so they could plug in a space heater.

While I prepare to go to bed tonight, assuming we’ll sleep safe and sound, an American Christian teacher in Jerusalem is bearing the effects of the violence – bombs and shootings – just minutes away from her home and the school where she teaches. 

While I enjoy all the comforts of home and family, many families are separated because their loved ones at war overseas fighting to protect the freedoms and luxuries I take for granted. 

While my family and I might suffer colds or flu-like illnesses, others around us are battling serious/fatal illnesses.

My children went to bed tonight with no worries about whether or not they’d see their dad and I tomorrow, but a little boy and his little sister went to bed knowing they won’t see their mommy in the morning.  God called her to be with Him in heaven.  Somehow their father must continue on without his beautiful wife.  Cancer took her away. 

Why is life like this?  Why do some of us have it so good while others have it so hard?   Why do some of us prosper while others are slipping behind in life?  Why do some of us have much more than we need while others have so little?  Why do some of us lead wonderful lives while others are hurting, grieving, and struggling? 

I don’t know the answers to those questions.  Only God does.  However, I do know that because I/we have been so blessed, the Bible tells us that God calls for us to be blessings to others.  Where you are strong, help others who are weak.  Where you have a lot to give- be it love, cheer, money, food, clothing, hospitality, time, talents, help, or whatever it is you have to give – provide for those who cannot provide for themselves.  You’ve heard the saying, “If you see someone without a smile, give him one of yours.”  Even something as simple as giving someone a smile could make a difference in their day.

I met a woman recently who does those very things.  She’s the founder of an outreach ministry that she runs from her home.  It’s called With Love from Jesus.  She, herself, was down and out, so she knows what it’s like to need help.  She also knows what a difference help from others can make.  More importantly, she knows what a difference Jesus can make.  I’m talking about Joy McGuire.  She helps everyone who comes to her with no strings attached, and she shares Jesus with them any way she can.  There are no qualifying forms to fill out.  Jesus didn’t qualify those he helped, so neither does she…and neither should we.

Joy came to speak recently at a Friends of God gathering I hosted.  We took up a love offering to show her our appreciation.  Not surprising, she used that money to establish an electric account for the mother who was living in a trailer with no electricity. 

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a difference, but it does take effort.  It takes effort to see the need and effort to respond.  Jesus was a man of great effort.  Tirelessly he worked to heal, restore, teach, feed, train, debate, and save those around him.  As mentioned above, he didn’t qualify those he helped.  He helped all who came to him in need, and we should do the same. 

If you’d like to know more about Joy McGuire and her outreach ministry, With Love from Jesus, check out her website.  She’d love to have your help with the 3000 Easter baskets she wants to prepare – either helping with donations for items, or help preparing them – no commercial bunny stuff, please – just Jesus stuff.     Be sure to tell her Renee sent you. 

May God bless you as you serve Him by serving others…and remember the advice from Mother Theresa.  If you can’t do great things, do small things in great ways.