Proverbs 31:8-9

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
 Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.

At this time of year many hearts are turned toward the less fortunate. You stroll past the Salvation Army volunteer who is ringing that bell and throw in that dollar or two. Many businesses hold toy and food drives. You may even volunteer for certain organizations and events. But what about the rest of the year? The poor and needy don’t disappear when January hits. In fact, where I live, their plight worsens. That is when the real cold and snow arrives. Cold is just one hardship that the poor have to face through out the year.

“I want to help, but I don’t know where to start.”

“I don’t have the time or resources to bring all the homeless off the street.”

This is often where the thinking stops. The problem seems too big and too hard, so the brain shuts down, we move on, and drive away. But what would happen if we actually continued to think about the problem. If we asked others, perhaps those more experienced. In this modern age, the Internet provides so much information to understand better the need and see what you can do to help. But ultimately, the first thing to do is pray that God will guide your steps. Also, pray every time you see someone who is homeless, hungry, sick, or voiceless. This may sound cliched, but it is true. Remember the the Starfish story.

Tell me what you can do to help the poor, the needy, and the helpless.