Always Be Ready to Help Someone Who Cannot Pay You Back
Isn’t it a beautiful time of the year when we hear the different birds sing their song. As I sit in the mornings having my coffee on my porch I also hear the Coyotes barking and the owls as they hoot. There is a woodpecker on one of our trees that is there every day pecking away. Then there are the hummingbirds as they fly around the feeders entertaining us. We are now coming into the fall time of the year when the leaves will start turning their many colors truly showing the handiwork of God. We are preparing for the different seasons and upcoming holiday season of Thanksgiving followed by Christmas and New Year’s. It is easy to get sidetracked as we listen to the terrible news from around the world of wars, and terrorist sowing their havoc upon other people.
Erin Norman, age 11, shown in the picture from the Ramer church of Christ, opened her own tie-dye shirt "business" this summer. She decided early on to send part of her earnings to Panama Missions by purchasing a pair of flip flops for every Christmas box her congregation prepares. The picture obviously shows her compassionate smile for a number of children who will be blessed by the love in her heart and the work of her hands. She is the granddaughter of Knox and Pat Norman, long-time supporters of Panama Missions.
When I receive messages like this it always touches my heart. Children who are moved by the poverty of others are very special people. As a matter of fact anyone who has a compassion for others are following the example of Jesus thus very special. The word compassion simply means: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Any time I go around the country to speak about missions I always feel I need to discuss why Jesus was so successful in his mission work. Matthew Chapter 9 and chapter 15 we have Jesus feeding or either healing the multitudes. As he looked out over the crowds the Bible says, “He had compassion”. But look what he said next to his disciples. “I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.” I will not send them away hungry. You see the second part of that definition of compassion is a strong desire to alleviate suffering.