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Helping people out…

March 8, 2007

…Can really drive me crazy. There I said it. Somewhere along the way expectations went out the window. I don’t know, maybe I’m just a jerk. All two people who stop by this blog are probably feverishly typing away with the plan of letting me have it.

You try to help someone out and what do they do? They want more. So we help provide free healthcare for those who do not have insurance at our once a month medical mission. Is it wrong to say I love helping but I also want to smack half the people we help on the back of the head?

This is a great thing but guess what, getting to see the doctor is going to take some time. I take our child to urgent care and that takes 30 minutes and they are getting paid $42,000 by my insurance company while I pay the $15.00 co-pay. The Doctors office has six year old Newsweek and Sports Illustrated magazines. We have a movie on and a place for the kids. We have people willing to talk and pray with you.

I mean is it to much to ask you to keep your child from climbing on our equipment like it is a jungle gym? Is it to much to think that we won’t run around like we are at the playground? At one point during our Medical Mission I thought I was at a track meet. Someone have a starter pistol?

You ask them to watch their children as they wait to see the doctor and they act like you just slapped their child across the face and set them on fire. Are expectations out of the question?

We have spoiled people when it comes to help. We have all become so dog gone spoiled ourselves with our remote control TV’s and garage doors and now cars that we feel bad expecting something. Remember when “Will Work for Food” wasn’t just a slogan but actually meant you would work for food? Now you ask someone to work for it and they look at you like you are some kind of heartless troll.

We have a clothes closet full of clothing but what do you think happens? Your selection isn’t that great…Do you have something my size… what is going on here? We are giving you free clothing and you want to ask if we can stock a better summer selection?

Church what happened to us? When did we get so soft?

Here is the deal. After all of that this is what I have to say. It really isn’t about any of that. I at times get frustrated because more of the people we help physically don’t seem to get anywhere spiritually. They have all of the same problems and issues each month and you point to Jesus and they just scratch their head and move on asking if we have their refill yet.

Jesus helped people out left and right. Some responded and some didn’t. In the end he told us to help the poor, love those who aren’t loved, he made no guarantees that they wouldn’t swing from the lights. He made no promise that they wouldn’t just come and ask for more. In fact his only promise was that it would be hard.

I guess we must be doing something right. God bless and keep up the good work.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2007 5:38 pm


    I can say this. The times I have experienced people being helped with no expectation of them in return have been some the greatest spiritual gifts to my life. It seemed that Heaven was opening up and able to be seen. But I have to remind myself that these people often have problems, serious personal problems, that is part of why they need the help. Unless of course it is due to natural disaster.

  2. March 9, 2007 5:44 pm

    Good thoughts. Those that do become a part of our church still carry the burdens but it isn’t really about me is it.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Jim Sexton permalink
    March 11, 2007 7:36 pm

    We had our second annual ‘Clothing Giveway Day’ yesterday. We get donations throughout the year and so we have clothes on hand when folks need help. Cherokee. Indian Reservation. Folks in need of help. You do the math…

    We have 2 families (loose use of the word here) who first came in contact with us last year at the giveaway. I hope that is also a result of this year’s event.

    It helps to introduce us to people in the community, as do funerals, going to school to help first graders to learn math and reading. I only hope to hear the words ‘Thank you!’, but that is not the rule, it is the exception.

    PS… we don’t keep clothes for kids that are in the 4th grades sizes and up, because like ALL KIDS EVERYWHERE, they are picky about what they wear. We just have clothes for little kids and adults.

    Press on to the goal…

  4. March 12, 2007 1:34 pm

    People have a sense of entitlement – you owe it to me to (fill in the blank). Why? Just because. Where did they learn it? Probably a ton of places including our government. It is very frustrating. There is an entire ministry that I know of that left the neighborhood they were working with because they couldn’t get anything done because the people felt entitled.

  5. March 12, 2007 2:10 pm

    Thanks Jim. Yours is a great reminder that in different places people have different needs and expectations.

    Yes Matt, I think we have created an entitlement mentality, not just with those with less but with all people.

    Thanks for the real life example.

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