Times are tough, tough for all of us college students especially. It’s difficult managing time, balancing our budgets, and juggling assignments. Even through the challenging times that we go through, we must not forget that we have it pretty good. There are some people out there that have maybe half of what we have. Some people are struggling with hunger, while others deal with living on the streets. Have you taken the time to consider how you might can help those who are less fortunate than you?
Deuteronomy 15:7-11 (NRSV) “If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be. Be careful that you do not entertain a mean thought, thinking, ‘The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,’ and therefore view your needy neighbor with hostility and give nothing; your neighbor might cry to the Lord against you, and you would incur guilt. Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, ‘Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.’”
It is told that we need to help those who are in need. When was the last time that you volunteered at a food panty, gave money to the homeless, or even donated to the salvation army? It is so easy to get caught up with our own lives and forget about others, but sometimes we need to take the time to just help someone in need. From personal experience, I understand what it is like to have a busy schedule and it is difficult to make time for these things. Recently however, I have made time and it has been both rewarding to me and to those I have helped. Believe me when I tell you the reactions that you get when you help others are priceless. You helping that person could be the highlight of their day; the one good thing of their day that day could be your kindness!
So this week and even over spring break, try to take some time and pray for those who are in need. Maybe volunteer at a food pantry or help serve food at a soup kitchen. If you have a few extra dollars, maybe donate it. If you don’t have the opportunity to do any of these things, then please do remember to keep the less fortunate and those assisting in mind and in your prayers.