I was just reading and replying to a young Christian blogger about her post. It is so important that we encourage people to follow Christ and do the work set before us. We all know what it is like when we have people who do not agreed with us, especially in our own family. They always say you cannot or do not do this. People have their own agenda. Parents tried to get their children to do what they want. Sometimes it is good and sometimes it is not. When I started my blog seven years ago. After writing for about a year and half, I asked God if anyone was reading my blog. I wrote a blog called Disconnected 1.0. The response started in Europe, then went to the Middle East. Then the response went to Asia, then to Australia. Then the response came to America. I received about 15,000 comments in a month. I never expected so much. But people were reading my blog. I needed encouragement to continue my blog. So I encourage people to step out of the life to do something extraordinary. Any one can do this is they put their mind and heart into it. For out of the heart come the issues of life.
It is almost a foreign concept in American life. The mainstream life in America is about acquiring stuff. The more we have the more important we are. Which is an absolute lie. You have heard the clique, keeping up with the Jones. It is nothing but greed. Have you ever heard the story of the Mayflower and its passengers? 256 people, men, women, and children boarded a 90 ft. ship. It took 3 months to sail from Plymouth, England to Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. They landed November 21,1620. The North Atlantic Ocean is nothing but violent storms during winter. When they anchored off Plymouth Rock, there were only 125 people left. They came for religious freedom and to escape the wars in Europe. The first day they arrived, they fasted and prayed that God would help them. Then they drew up a document that everyone agreed to and signed. It was called the Mayflower Compact. This first legal document in America said that everyone held all their goods and belongings in common. The stores were for everyone. They still had a hard time making a go of the new land. They made friends with the local Indians. They taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn and to fish. After three years of planting, they harvested a great crop. They held a celebration and invited their friends the Indians to join in. They gave of themselves so that they would survive in this new world. This principle is still the same today. To survive our changing world, we must ban together in selflessness. This will not only guarantee our survival but allow us to prosper.
This is a statement of selfishness or being self-centered. I just watched a video about a fire in the UK. These people live in Scotland. The fire was on the mountain that they lived on. Their neighbors gathered at their house because it was the closest place their could see the fire and their homes. The fire was halfway down the mountain. The people looked at and talk to their neighbors about the fire. They began to feel guilty about their concerns about their property. When their neighbor’s houses were in the direct path of the fire. They began to feel compassion for their fellow man. Our nation’s highest military honor is for selflessness, even unto death. But when these ordinary people who served our country with honor return home, we disregard them. Did you know that there are approximately 75,000 homeless veterans? My wife works for a rehab hospital. The other day a homeless veteran came to the hospital. He came with no clothes. 3 of my 4 sons are veterans. She asked if we would give clothes to the veteran. We did. The hospital worked with the VA to help the veteran. Helping this man is not the responsibility of the government. It is our responsibility to help those in need. Compassion is an important part of our life. It is because it is not out of necessity, but out of love for our fellow man. Everybody has so much stuff and we can only do so much. But if you really look at what you have and what you can give, it is amazing. The most valuable thing that we own is our time. It is not our money or possessions. What you can do is more important than your wealth. But I do not have any time. That is not true. You have your lifetime. It is time to prioritize your life to where it is controllable. Then give of yourself to someone else, expecting nothing in return.