Helping the Less Fortunate is For Them Not You

I have written a few posts in the past about our duty as Christians to help the less fortunate. However, after reading this eye-opening post titled, “Helping the Poor,” I cannot help but write another entry on this subject.

Have you ever looked at the act of giving aid to the poor as something that actually causes a problem? After reading the post I mentioned above, I realized that it in fact does. According to the author, the act of giving financial help to the poor can create “a metric for dividing people.” Why? Because of our human tendency to think that, “Because I help more, I am better.” However, helping the less fortunate is for them not you.

To keep our little acts of charity from creating barriers and divisions we must offer more than just material things, we must also offer compassion. God does not want us to help the poor to make ourselves feel better. We are to give to the poor to remind them of God’s love and kindness. Helping the less fortunate is for them not you.

Youth Sports and Conflict: Too Many Commitments Can Cause Issues

Signing your kids up for sports is a tremendous way to let them have fun, meet new friends, develop skills socially and athletically, and learn life lessons. Sports have become an integral part of today’s society and that is a great thing. A child’s sport career may start as a fun thing that they do because you signed them up, however it can grow into a life long love they will always be a part of. On the flip side, your kid may grow up and realize whatever sport they’re playing just isn’t for them. This is fine because getting your kids involved with sports is mostly about them trying something new and taking away something from the experience.

As your children grow older they might become more seriously involved with sports. This could mean playing on more than one team per sport or even playing two different sports at the same time. This is really a good problem to have, and I don’t think you should ever discourage your child from participating in sports. Sometimes having too many commitments can lead to conflicts with game and practice times though.

A recent post on JBM Thinks titled, “What Should Your Athlete Do When His Youth Sports Teams Conflict”, talks about this sort of situation and how to handle it. I think you should let you child decide what is most important to him or her, and move forward from there. Let it be their decision, but help them if they need guidance and ask for it.

Has your child ever had a sport team conflict? How did your family handle the situation?

Haitians Suffering Being Lessened by Samaritan’s Purse

I found this great article over on Christian Today and thought it was a good read. It’s good to see help still being given to those in need because everybody tends to forget they still need help even though the disaster was months ago now.

“International relief organisation Samaritan’s Purse has committed to construct 7,500 shelters for victims still without homes, six months after the massive earthquake in Haiti.

The Christian organisation, led by evangelist Franklin Graham, has completed 2,360 transitional shelters, more than any other relief agency in Haiti.

“Months have passed since the quake, but the suffering continues for the people of Haiti,” said Graham.

Samaritan’s Purse is continuing to provide shelter, food, clean water, physicians and education to Haitians.

Food has been distributed to over 300,000 people and 100 hand pumps are being rehabilitated in Port-au-Prince, the relief organisation reported. Salaries are also being provided for 200 teachers in 20 schools and 400 women are receiving training on job skills and health. Samaritan’s Purse has raised $51 million for relief and recovery work in Haiti.” – “Samaritan’s Purse provides Haitians relief from sun and storms”

This post reminded me that there are still several thousand people in Haiti living in the streets with no food or shelter. This seems to happen a lot with disasters, people care and do what they can to help for the first few weeks or months after it happens but then forget that a few months effort does not fix the terrible reality of what happened. Haiti needs continued support to ever rebuild again, and I am glad to see somebody offering a helping hand to them. It can rain for weeks at a time in Haiti and with no shelter that is literally devastating to people. I’m glad to see the Samaritan’s Purse doing what they can to help out Haiti.