I John 3:18

All original content copyright Jessica Nicole Schafer, 2007-2016.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"I DON'T KNOW THE SUFFERING OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE MY FRONT DOOR,
I JOIN THE OPPRESSORS OF THOSE I CHOOSE TO IGNORE-
I'M TRADING COMFORT FOR HUMAN LIFE,
AND THAT'S NOT JUST MURDER, IT'S SUICIDE..
AND THIS, TOO SHALL BE MADE RIGHT..."

*DEREK WEBB'S "THIS TOO SHALL BE MADE RIGHT"*


IT'S SCARY TO ME HOW EASY IT IS FOR CHILDREN OF GOD (MYSELF INCLUDED) TO TURN AWAY FROM THE HURT, THE NEED, THE SUFFERING, THE PAIN, THE LONELINESS.......TO UTTERLY SHUT OUR EYES TO WHAT WE KNOW IS HAPPENING OUTSIDE OUR FRONT DOOR.

THERE IS A FAMILY MOURNING THE LOSS OF THEIR LOVED ONE. THERE IS A FAMILY NOT ABLE TO GET GAS MONEY TO TRAVEL TO COLLEGE TO TRY TO BETTER THEMSELVES....SO THEY STAY POOR, NOBODY TO HELP THEM. THERE ARE WOMEN WHO ARE STILL WONDERING IF THEY'LL EVER BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEIR HUSBANDS, WHOM CONTINUE TO BE UNFAITHFUL TO THEM. THERE IS A LONELY WIDOW. THERE IS A GIRL WHO IS WONDERING WHERE ALL HER FRIENDS ARE. THERE IS A MAN DEALING WITH A DEBILITATING SICKNESS, AS HIS WIFE AND SON SIT BY AND WISH GOD WOULD HEAL HIM. THERE IS A GIRL WHO WONDERS IF HER HUSBAND WILL EVER TRULY LOVE HER AS HE'S SUPPOSED TO, BECAUSE SHE DREAMS OF HAVING HIS CHILDREN. THERE IS A MAN WHO KNOWS HIS WIFE IS AN ADULTERESS, BUT STAYS ANYWAY, "FOR THE KIDS". THERE ARE THOSE NOT ONLY OUTSIDE OUR COUNTRY, BUT HERE, IN THIS "GREAT COUNTRY OF AMERICA" WHO HAVE NO SHELTER, NO FOOD, NO HOPE FOR THEIR CHILDREN WHO HAD NO CHOICE AS TO WHAT LIFE THEY WERE BORN INTO.

AND SO WE SIT HERE. WE CONTINUE TO CLOSE OUR EYES, BECAUSE IT'S EASIER. WE CONTINUE TO MAKE EXCUSES AS TO WHY WE DO NOTHING. WE JUSTIFY OUR OWN SIN, BUT HAVE A DARN GOOD WAY OF MAKING IT SOUND LIKE IT'S SOMEONE ELSE'S PROBLEM AND NOT OUR OWN. READER, UNDERSTAND, WHEN OUR EYES ARE OPENED TO WHAT IS TRULY HAPPENING AROUND US, IT BEGINS TO BE PARTLY OUR RESPONSIBILITY. NO, WE PROBABLY CAN'T FIX EVERYTHING. NO, IT'S NOT OUR JOB TO. BUT WE CAN DO SOMETHING. NOT ONLY THAT, WE SHOULD. WE CAN DEFINITELY PRAY. MAYBE JUST CALLING THAT PERSON AND GIVING THEM AN EAR FOR A WHILE. MAYBE GIVING GAS MONEY TO THAT WIDOW WHO HAS NOBODY ELSE TO HELP HER. THERE IS PLENTY WE CAN DO, IF ONLY WE CAN GET PAST OURSELVES AND OUR SILLY LITTLE EXCUSES AS TO WHY WE HAVE BEEN DOING NOTHING.

*BY THE WAY, EVERY PERSON MENTIONED ABOVE IS SOMEONE I KNOW, PERSONALLY. SURELY IF I KNOW OF THIS MANY HURTING PEOPLE, YOU KNOW AT LEAST ONE THAT YOU CAN LEND HELP TO. *

"AND HE SAID TO HIM, 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' THIS IS THE GREAT AND FOREMOST COMMANDMENT. THE SECOND IS LIKE IT, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'" *MATTHEW 22:37-38*

"DO NOT WITHHOLD GOOD FROM THOSE TO WHOM IT IS DUE, WHEN IT IS IN YOUR POWER TO DO IT. DO NOT SAY TO YOUR NEIGHBOR, 'GO AND COME BACK, AND TOMORROW I WILL GIVE IT,' WHEN YOU HAVE IT WITH YOU." *PROVERBS 3:27-28*

WHO IS YOUR NEIGHBOR? AND NOT JUST THE ONES WHO LIVE NEXT DOOR. AND NOT JUST THE ONES YOU LOVE. YOUR ENEMIES ARE ALSO YOUR NEIGHBOR.

6 comments:

Frankie said...

great post...food for thought. I get too involved in my own little funks to think beyond. (Well, at least the last year I have.)

email me, please.

whispering willow @ midco . net

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

lovely post - very thought provoking! I agree with you on so much of this!

Carmen said...

Preach it Sista-friend! Tis EMET.

krystle said...

hey that "the secret is in the sauce" icon sound like you have a drinkin' problem. hahaha.

Rebecca said...

It is so easy to get wrapped up in ourselves (I am SUPER guilty, obviously!). Thanks for your post.

Fruitfulvine2 said...

Hey Jes
I was just getting off the computer and saw your greetings. I am having a wonderful week - hubby is preaching a week of revival meetings in the city.

I hope your week is going well too.