Help me, please!

I just got off the phone with a complete stranger.

The only thing that gives us any connection is that she is desperate for help and she managed to find my number. She has been sick for years and wants to know if there is any hope.

Pastor Jeff mentioned this morning in our men’s group that he recently had someone calling for help and his initial reaction was to cringe.

I think we all do that. Society has inbred that response in us, unfortunately.

I’ll confess — that was my reaction on the phone.

Almost immediately the thought popped into my head: “What if that were you and you wanted to talk to somebody like you?”

Of course thoughts like that are always followed by additional thoughts that kinda beat up on you. I’ve recently been praying to be able to see people like Jesus does (please don’t pray that… it will only get you in trouble!).

You probably know what happened next, right?

“You asked for this.”

Drats! I did.

I’ve been spending some extended time in1 Corinthians 12-14 over the last week and a half. I’m not surprised that I thought of this:

Love is patient and kind. Love is not… proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable…    [12:4-5]

I dealt with her in the way I would have liked to have been dealt with.

Not only was it the right thing to do – it helped reinforce the lesson of how to see like Jesus does.

It felt good, too. I just love the fringe benefits of this being a follower gig…

2 responses to “Help me, please!

  1. wow…hmmm…I just wonder how these people keep getting ur #…gotta love em like Jesus man….that so against our nature. Then again, we are NEW creations…thats an interesting thaught

  2. It not only helps to see them in the same manner that Jesus does, but I have found it useful to try to look at them and see Jesus. “When you have done it unto the least of these…” Notice I said, “Try.” Lest I be overly pious… I love it that your ministry to others is so genuine and Lord sent, Joe.

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