Today’s Blog: Seeing the person
TODAY’S PROVERB: A man’s riches may ransom his life, but a poor person hears no threat. Proverbs 13:8, TLV
I guess you could say hubby and I are “okay”, financially. We have a few dollars after expenses to once-in-awhile take a road trip or class at the local college. To give over-and-above our tithe. As retired and semi-retired folks, we still have to be careful to pinch pennies from time to time.
During our 45 years of marriage, we’ve been at poverty level and in the opposite end of that spectrum.
Like this proverb, at every level there were challenges.
We all have threats that are unique to our financial situations. Why is this important to know? So that we can operate in both compassion and understanding. Things that keep us united as brothers and sisters in Messiah, and as we reach-out to a hurting world.
Each person carries different responsibilities that the other may never know. A poor person may see a wealthy person and think they don’t have any problems because they don’t have to worry about putting food on the table.
Whereas a wealthy person may see a poor person and think if they would work harder they could get ahead.
Seeing the individual will help us better understand who they are. Seeing the wealthy person who must work 60 or more hours a week to maintain their lifestyle. Seeing the lower-income person who was laid off after working for 20 years and is struggling to find another job.
All of us have a story. Listening to that story keeps us from judging. It provides more opportunities to help with prayer and wisdom and perhaps some other ways.
Understanding can change lives.