Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Helping Hands needed!

According to The Star newspaper on 30th January 2011, ‘Floodwaters cut off communications between a number of towns in Johor, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Malacca and Sabah while more than 46,000 people were evacuated to relief centres Monday, in a repeat of the major floods which occurred in 2006.’

Many religious bodies, NGOs, student volunteers and individuals had come to help flood victims for gotong-royong (co-operate, work together) to clean up their house. I believe that most of us would like to help them but due to our works and other responsibilities may limit our time to give a helping hand. Have you ever asking yourself, ‘What could I do to help them?’ after you finish reading a newspaper or watching evening news about victims of wars, natural disasters, poverty or human trafficking around the world? or perhaps around your area?

If you are thinking like me; ‘I want to help them all’, ‘I want to change the world’ etc. perhaps you may want to reconsider a fact, that I’ve simply forget that everyone around us need help. The question is not how massive my action must be, but ‘am I willing to demonstrate Jesus’ love by releasing what is in my hands now?

There is a story about a beautiful statue of Jesus; it was badly damaged by the bombing in France. After the war ended, they begin to repair it. Every part of the statue was repaired but one – pieces of the hands were never found. Some people said, ‘What good is our Jesus without hands?
 That statement gave one of them an idea. At his suggestion, they made a plaque and attached it to the statue with these words: ‘I have no hands but your hands!

Throughout the Gospels, His hands bring healing, help, and compassion to hurting people. Jesus said that ‘as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40) and ‘whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do…’ (John 14:12) If you can accomplish a massive program to help others please do so, but if you only have a bread on your hands and there is a hungry brother asking for it, give it to him.

You cannot help all of 46,000+ flood victims, but you can help one of them. You cannot feed hundreds of poverty children in Malaysia, but you can help one. Touch one soul one day at the time; you’ll be surprise that within a year you have influence 365 souls per year.

What are your hands doing to help others?

"People never forget that helping hand especially when times are tough." (Catherine Pulsife)

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