Give Hope in Your Community

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By: Jayson Henry, The Well

At the Well we have the privilege of meeting so many different people who all bring their own amazing story. The stories come in all forms and fashions from despair to hope. One thing I find interesting is how people view themselves in their story. I’ve met so many people that introduce themselves based on the tough things that have happened in their life… I’m an addict, I’m a felon… Those statements always cause me to pause because that may be how the world defines us but it’s not how God does. It makes me question… How often does my view of the world get in the way of what God wants to do? What can I do to see people how Jesus did?

Matthew 9:35-38 says: 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

I love it that when Jesus saw people, He had compassion on them. He didn’t judge, he didn’t label, he didn’t avoid… He HAD compassion. He chose to have a relationship no matter what their story was. He had the courage to talk to someone that was different by worldly standards, he listened, and he loved. He never saw anyone as a burden.

Who are we when we go through our community? Are we angry because someone just cut us off on the highway or do we show kindness to a stranger? Challenge yourself to see how Jesus did in those daily encounters. Show compassion to those in need and give a word of encouragement to a stranger. God has an amazing way of multiplying the positives in our lives.

We are called to be the worker in the harvest field. We’re not called to “go with the flow.” Let’s live our faith through more than words. This week say Hi to a stranger. Give a word of encouragement to a co-worker. Pray with your family. Be the HOPE our community needs.

About The Well -The Well’s mission is combining the love of Christ, the help of our communities and the strength in every person to find hope for life. The Well is an organization of people from area churches, non-profits, businesses and foundations interested in more effectively ministering to those in need in the Knoxville and Pella area. Through volunteers and partnerships with churches and social service agencies, we hope to be a place of encouragement and support that connects people to necessary resources. The Well has a site in both Pella and Knoxville.
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