If you are observant, you will likely cross paths with an exhausted, fragile or shaken soul. Unfortunately, many symptoms of the weak are subtle. This leads the driven, focused and self-centered to be oblivious, unfazed by the down trodden, hurting and wounded. Unless you slow down, similar to the words of the Psalmist, you won’t notice or take the time to help the weak.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth,” Psalm 46:10.
A natural response to a bad day is to over-react, allowing a spirit of bitterness or worry to consume you. Thus, when you are able to get over this disappointment, the sooner you can begin to turn your attention to the concerns of others. In a letter to the church of Colosse, Paul encourages members to bear with each other; sharing the burdens of those hurting. Though it may be difficult to forgive some individuals, its a start in the right direction to helping the weak.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others, Philippians 2:3-4.
Finally, the key to helping the weak is found in the art of giving. Jesus claims it is better to give than receive. While part of human nature will expect something in return, I’m learning the joy of giving without expectation. It’s not easy, but the sooner people can get over the life’s not fair stage, your perspective can change. May the Lord revitalize your hearts to become a student of giving.
by Jay Mankus