I was watching a movie the other night, in one scene it showed a young rich girl who had got alcohol poisoning. She had been so unhappy with her life and even though she had all that money could buy, all she wanted was for her parents to spend time with her.
This story really got me thinking. I began thinking about people that are well to do materially but spiritually they are empty. Its such a stereotype that we naturally assume that people who are poor are more needy than anyone else.
We are quick to help those who cant help themselves. During the holidays we feed the poor and cloth the poor. We collect donations and we minister to the ‘less fortunate’.
This kept me thinking about the 'more fortunate'. What about the people who have money? Do they not need encouragement? Do they not desire the same thing as the rest of us…to be happy?
Sure you may think that because they have money that they don’t need anything else. That naturally they should be happy with their big house and fancy cars and all that money can buy.
How many times have you drove by a great big house and thought, “I wonder who lives there?” or sarcastically said, "must be nice."
I think there are so many of us who think that just because someone is well to do, they must have it all. No worries, no problems. On the contrary! I know many people with lots of money, but they are not happy.
This goes to show you that you cannot judge a book by its cover. Little do you know that a woman who’s husband makes bank is secretly beating her up, or having an affair. But as long as she doesn’t say anything it just might go away.
How many husbands are big time bosses but they are also alcoholics? This goes for both male and female, I’m not discriminating here. But how many I wonder are screaming inside? Just waiting for someone to reach out to them and to notice their pain?
When we see them in church or out and about, sometimes we tend to treat them differently than we would someone else. We think because they have money that it makes them more important and in less need of help. In fact many of them are lost, lonely and depressed.
Secretly they are addicted to alcohol, pain pills and anti depressants. But we see the picture perfect life. Perfect spouse, perfect house, perfect kids, perfect life. But we have no idea the problems they are facing.
I believe there are some who may even covet your life as humble as it may be. You may not have much money but you have your faith and you have love in your home. My mom has a saying, “Id rather be in love and live in a tent then to be miserable and live in a mansion.”
Honestly, what good can all that money do for you when you are miserable? I want to encourage all of you to take a second look at those around you. Don’t miss an opportunity for ministry because you ‘Assume’ someone doesn’t need it, based on their stature.
Regardless of the size of their house or bank account, they are still people who need to know others actually care about them. They need encouragement just like the rest of us.
They need to know there is a God who loves them and wants to help them. A God who is no respecter of persons but one who loves us all the same.
May you be blessed and may you be encouraged! To God be the glory!