Oftentimes we do not recognize the needs that are constantly around us. Unfortunately, we often misjudge the circumstances that are a very real part of someone else’s life.
Thus, the danger in “judging.” It’s often difficult to put yourself in the place of those who are struggling especially when you have never experienced their life. Many say, “If I were them,” or “they should have.” It is often easy to find the answer when you don’t have the problem. These are the ones we see quickly as the challenged.
What is unseen more than we know are those who are in the same places of challenge, yet their appearance does not indicate their condition. Many are those who have needs and many are those who don’t express them for fear of being judged.
The truth lies in this one statement, “We all will face challenge to some degree, but it is the one who faces it and moves forward even when the steps seem small that obtains freedom and joy in living.”
How can we make a difference in the well being of others? A simple yet life changing way is to make a donation to a local food bank. There are many ways to contribute; time, money and food are all ways to make a difference in a community.
Here locally in Lebanon, people can make donations from all their couponing bargains to:
Joseph’s Storehouse, 1960 SE. Tater Peeler Road, Lebanon, TN 37087, 615-453-5777. Drop off items Monday through Thursday from 8:30 until noon. There’s also Food for Veterans, 1317 Stroud Drive, Lebanon, TN 37087, 615-474-7053.
It is when we extend a helping hand to others that are hands are refilled. I want to share a poem by Austin Haney that says it all.
Who is My Neighbor?
Who is my neighbor,
surely it cannot be,
That homeless man
who must often go hungry?
Who is my neighbor
surely not that man,
For he is of the world,
so why should I give him a helping hand?
Why do we so often
let the memory slip our head,
That we were also homeless
and yet by someone’s hand still fed?
That we were once of the world,
sinful to the bone,
Never wishing to do right,
but, just to be left alone.
But, someone had compassion
and peace replaced my strife
Then my name was written
in the Lambs Book of Life.
So whether you were once of the world
or Christ all your life you’ve known
Once on a hill called Calvary
the greatest compassion was shown.
We are the messengers of the love
that Christ did on us bestow
And we as the messengers
should compassion on our neighbors show.
On Aug. 20 from noon until 1 p.m., I will present a program on couponing at Greenhouse Ministries on Spring Street in Murfreesboro.
On Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. until noon, I will present a program on couponing at the Hendersonville Goodwill Career Solution Center.
On Aug. 23 from 1-2 p.m., I will present a couponing program at Greater Brothel Church in Nashville.
Contact me if you are interested in having me speak at an upcoming event or desire an employee empowerment lunch and learn or presentation.
Ann Haney is homeschool mother of 18-plus years to six children, including four entrepreneurs, CEO of Aaron Publishing, founder of Ann Haney Ministries and Living In Abundance, nationwide motivational speaker, coupon specialist, empowerment coach and bestselling author of 18 published products, including her books, “Exploding Into Successful Entrepreneurship” and “Single Steps In A Married World.” Contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a speaking engagement, individual coaching or view her website for more information at annhaney.com.