Truth is, anyone who has ever being in a really bad situation won’t be able to turn away from someone in a similar position without trying to help. And this is how we ought to relate with one another in these things…treating others as we will love to be treated. When we put ourselves in others shoes, perhaps we’d be more humane.
This is a simple example of being in dire need of water. And not getting it! I want you, also, to ponder on this.
Do you turn away those in need even when you have? Would you like that to be done to you? Someone who has once been naked will not hesitate to cloth another because they know exactly how it feels! Someone who has felt hunger and want before will not hesitate to share their meal or give of their substance to those who are in need. No wonder the Great Teacher, Jesus Christ, said to do to others what we would have them do to us! This is why it is important to put ourselves in other people’s position to know how best to respond to issues.
I write because a lot of us have forgotten where we have been and the pain we felt when in need ourselves and have developed a heart not-so-tender to those in need. If I had gone into the wedding program and asked for water, I am not sure the response I would have gotten. Would I have met a kind heart who sees beyond everything else to meet my immediate need of quenching my thirst, or would I have been turned away cos I am not ‘part’ of them or not on “aso-ebi” (a cultural uniform for wedding guests). I don’t know. I didn’t find out.
But I, being extremely thirsty on a very hot day, got reminded of an important lesson: sometimes, people find themselves in dire situations outside their control and we should learn to help and support people as much as we can. This makes us human.
A cup of water can bring such great relief to a thirsty soul.
A pair of sandals would be well appreciated by that poor kid on your street, who walks on hot ground barefooted.
The old woman next-door, whose children have abandoned, will be extremely grateful for a pack of meal that came in time.
Being mindful of one another, and taking time to be thoughtful and kind, will make this world a better place, a person at a time.
Who knows, that person looking sad and dejected is in need of something you can provide. Would you take the bold step to see if you could meet their need?
They will be glad! And their soul lifted up in praise to God and gratitude to you.
Matthew 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Let me know in the comments section times you found yourself in need of something and how you would that anyone could help! How did you make it through? What are your thoughts on being mindful of one another and lending a helping hand? Will love to hear from you!
P.S I made it to the mall and got myself a bottle of water at the supermarket. I also found out the program I wanted to attend was just at a hall there. See?!
Till next time, BE GOOD!!!