Helping others (2)
When we’re wanting to help others, it’s important that we know ourselves. We need to know what we’ve got to offer, what our gifts and skills are and the kind of people we’re called to help. ‘Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.”’ Peter couldn’t give the crippled man the money he was asking for, but he could give him something even better – the ability to walk. We can’t do everything, and we can’t help everyone. We need to become comfortable in our own skin and confident in our calling. Paul writes: ‘Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without…trying to be something we aren’t. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. Love from the centre of who you are; don’t fake it’ (Romans 12:6-9 MSG). Let’s not pretend we’re someone we’re not, or that we can do things that we can’t. God gives us all gifts and skills, and calls us to use them. That doesn’t mean that we can’t learn and grow in other areas, but we’ve got to know our own strengths and limitations. In order to help people we must love them, know what we have to offer, and connect with them at the point of their need.
Write a list of all your strengths and skills. Ask God how you can use them to help other people.