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The Caring Test
by Dan Langerock
07/20/03
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The Caring Test
By Chaplain Dan Langerock

What does it take to cause you to care about a person or situation? Does a problem need to happen near to you relationally before you wake up and see that something is wrong and should be fixed? Here are a few questions to help you decide where you are on the caring scale:

1 ) When something tragic happens on the news, how does it affect you? Do you sit back and say, “Oh well”, then change channels? Does your compassion go out to those who are hurting? Do you look for ways to help in this situation? Pray about it? Have you ever responded with help to one of these incidents? What would it take to move you to action?

2) If you see someone in need, maybe a homeless person, do you seek to help when asked or write them off? Have you ever gone beyond the request and bought groceries for a person like this, taken them to a restaurant for a meal, etc? What would you want others to do for you if you found yourself in this predicament? According to statiestics, many people are just two weeks or less away from being homeless. How does this strike you?

3) Do you volunteer your time anywhere to help others? A hospital, mission, tutoring children or adults, etc? Nearly 90 million Americans volunteer their time to causes such as these and more. You have so much to give if you will just look into your life and realize all the learning you have accomplished. Think how wonderful it would be to pass these experiences on to others who need your help.

Look within yourself and see what you can do for others who are in distress. There may come a day when you will also need someone to care about you in whatever manner. How would you want them to respond to your needs if that circumstance should ever happen? How will you look back on those times you could have helped, but didn’t? No, you cannot help everyone who is in need, but you can help someone—the one God shows you to care about. A blessing is waiting when you do.


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