In the video above, Mr. Fred Rogers, shares what I believe is one of the wisest, most comforting piece of advice I have heard: When scary things are happening, in times of disaster, “Look for the helpers.” He notes that when we look for the helpers, we will know there is hope. Knowing there are helpers will give hope.
Hope. How desperately it is needed at this time as we face another disaster, an ongoing one, from the horrendous impact of Hurricane/Tropical storm Harvey, in the state of Texas. “Look for the helpers,” he said. What an incredible thing to realize that we can be the helpers. We can be those who bring hope to our neighbors.
Jesus taught us that our neighbor is anyone who needs help, not just those who live near us. And, God instructs repeatedly, to help. Here are some examples:
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrew 13:16, ESV)
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4, ESV)
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” (1 John 3:17, ESV)
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” (Proverbs 3:27, ESV)
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17, ESV)
It is likely that many individuals reading this post can be a helper in some way. Please click here for ways to help.