Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Help Asked 

Can you tell when someone is asking for help?
How do you respond to your brother’s need?
Are you willing to give the best you have?
Can you forgive yourself for withholding your love?

The world is crying for help.
While the Good Mother Earth cannot use words, she is telling us to listen to her needs.
While it may not be obvious to those who are busy, she shows us everyday where we are neglectful.
While we may be used to using, abusing and taking what we want, we must respond, repair and replenish.

Our families are crying for help.
While our family may be sane, satisfying and suitable for our needs, others are in trouble with turmoil and unresolved conflicts.
There is divorce, abuse, neglect and cruelty in many families increasing with economic stress.
We may have first been shocked, then grew accustomed and now complacent about others difficulties.
The everyday stresses of two working parents, worry about money and jobs and few role models, has made what we normal, now challenging and difficult.

Our schools are crying for help.
The teachers are underpaid and under pressure to perform, teaching too many children in one classroom.
The schools are often understaffed, with closed libraries, minimal music, art and extracurricular programs.
The children are sometimes hungry, tired, badgered at home, and not mentored in doing well in school.
The respect, responsibility and cooperation which was the norm is more often the exception.

Single parents need our help.
Children of divorce, poverty, neglect and abuse need our help.
Teachers need our support.
Non-profits and volunteer programs need our help.

We all can do something to be of help.
Give thanks for the Good you and others do daily.
Keep your own home, finances and family in good condition.
Manage your time, energy and money in effective and successful ways.
Give your best to everyone who asks for help.
Honor all requests unless it does harm to the other or to you.
Be true to the Voice of Love and Goodness within you.
Respect your willingness to give with appreciation.

You see it really is how we respond that matters.
· Give with No sacrifice or martyrdom.
· Give with love and trust, not from duty and obligation.
· Give your best rather than the leftovers.
· Give with gratitude and Joy.
· Give respecting, not pitying or feeling sorry for the recipient.
· Give because you can, not because you have to.
· Give receiving the gift you are giving and being fulfilled in the giving itself.
· Give asking nothing in return.
· Give because it is the right and loving thing to do.
· Give without fear or resentment.
· Give and enjoy the giving.

Loving you the Holy Healing Helpful Givers,
Betty Lue

Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy it all overnight.
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.