You Philippians well know, and you can be sure I’ll never forget it, that when I first left Macedonia province, venturing out with the Message, not one church helped out in the give-and-take of this work except you. You were the only one. Even while I was in Thessalonica, you helped out—and not only once, but twice. Not that I’m looking for handouts, but I do want you to experience the blessing that issues from generosity.
Philippians 4:15-17 (The Message)
Yesterday I talked about the sense of entitlement that we somewhat naturally slip into when we have been surrounded with certain blessings. There are many people around the world who do not have the “first world problems” that we joke about. They have significant struggles daily just to survive. I mentioned the problems that we all face to a degree, about the infrastructure to actually receive the Coronavirus vaccine. In many parts of the world, people will not ever receive the vaccine, or will wait great lengths of time before an opportunity for inoculation.
What can we do to help, both where we live and elsewhere in the world? First, we understand our blessed position and thank God for what we have. Next, pray for others who do not experience (from our perspective) the same abundance.
Then, find solid non-profit organizations which specialize in helping people who are medically indigent. I am a strong believer in tax-exempt non-profit organizations (typically 501(c) 3 entities) which have a strong focus on their specialized mission. Such organizations can be nimble in their response due to fewer bureaucratic barriers, and they are typically well prepared to carry out their mission with zeal. When you have identified the organizations which you want to help, exercise generosity.
Volunteer at local organizations and churches which are responding to the current needs of people hurting due to the pandemic. There are many opportunities in this category.
Call on (phone, text, email etc. in these minimal contact times) people who are struggling with anxiety, depression or other emotional responses due to the pandemic.
Finally, when you get a chance to get a vaccination, get one. I am already anxious to roll up my sleeve!
Blessings to all my dear readers. These are hard times, but we will get through, and we will be stronger for it.
Prayer: Lord, we trust in your provision for us. Show us ways to reach out to others well, Amen.