“Reach out and help others. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. Be a vessel, be the change, be the difference, or be the inspiration. Shine your light as an example. The world needs more of that.” ~ Germany Kent
Jackie DeShannon would definitely agree with the words of Germany Kent. She wrote a song that is very familiar, I would think, to all of us:
“What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.”
Our world appears to be extremely self-centered. There are too many people who focus on their own needs, wants, and desires. Oftentimes, they do all that they can to fulfill their wants, even at the cost of others.
I cannot help but think Jesus must get incredibly sad when He looks at us and sees what we are doing. He invested so much of Himself — actually investing His entire self — teaching us that we need to look out for others. He wants us to care for each other. He wants us to value each other. He wants us to cherish each other.
We are given many opportunities to do just that. Our opportunities are fueled by the gifts that God has given to us so generously. We were created in God’s image and likeness and, as if that were not enough, each of us was entrusted with a set of gifts that can enhance our world.
What we need to do is quit looking at ourselves and begin focusing on others. There are so many people in incredible need nowadays. They are found in all age brackets, all walks of life, all colors, and all nationalities. Many are ignored because, for one reason or another, we state that they do not belong.
How can a brother or sister not belong? Remember, we are all brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. He, our brother, reminded us that we all have one Father. If God is our Father and we are brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, it would behoove us to begin to care for others better than we presently do.
We may be busy doing good works for others but we cannot rest on our laurels. Those good works are not the be all and end all, they are merely the beginning. There are always others in need, others who are without, others who need to know that they are loved. What the world needs now is love, sweet love. Let us pledge to be the instruments of Christ’s love by the manner in which we live our lives.
FAITH ACTION: Renew your efforts to care for the needy among us whenever and wherever you see someone who needs help.