March 30, 2011
Proverbs 31:20 she opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy
It’s obvious that this lady is not in any way selfish; she freely gives of her time and money to her family. However, it’s one thing to sacrifice for, to work for, your family. It’s one thing to do all in your power to make sure that they not only have what they need, but they have it in abundance. Yet, it’s something altogether different to do it for someone less fortunate, for strangers. Here, once again, this lady is an excellent example for us. Since she has worked so hard for her family, God has given her an abundance, and she is choosing to help others with it. She isn’t keeping it, but giving it away. In order to do this, she must first see and recognize that there are others less fortunate; how easy is it to get in our own little bubbles of need and ignore that there might be others even worse off than ourselves? I think it’s easy to do that. I think that it’s probably easier to ignore others in need than to open our hands, hearts and homes to those with less than us. We try very hard to teach our children that what we have was given to us by God, and we have to take care of it because He has entrusted it to us. Part of the “taking care of” is helping others; is going outside ourselves and seeing that there is a whole world of people in need.