Why do I try to help people in need? It hit me yesterday that that the answer is in the question: Need. I listen to those around and hear phrases like “no one is more deserving of help than ….” and yesterday that just struck me as off-base. Mine is not to judge deserving, mine is to respond to needs when I can. Mine is not to say “That person doesn’t deserve my help – she’ll just squander the assistance” or “That guy deserves a lot of help — he’ll do something with the help.” The judging can be left to God.
This is just not coming out the way I want it to. Perhaps I’ll have to rewrite it later. For now, I just need to create a reminder that it’s not about deserving – it’s about responding to another person’s needs.