So Forget about Yourself

I stopped to visit a Burmese friend of mine, late yesterday afternoon and found him facing some real needs.  He has only been able to get 10 to 18 hours of minimum wage work a week.  He once had three roommates, but they have all moved due to their job situations.  His rent is due on Monday and with all of his last three paychecks he is still $10 short, to say nothing of his utility bills.  He has no phone and has suffered through the hot summer by himself.  He tried to get approval to move in with another willing Burmese family but was not approved by the property manager.  When I looked at his freezer there was some thawing chicken gizzards and a couple of items in the refrigerator.  He was down to 2 cups of rice (2 meals) and had turned his refrigerator off, temporarily to save electricity.

But I see this man catch the bus to meet his weekly school (ESL) schedule.  He rides his bike five miles to part-time work three days a week.     I was able to give him a donated 25 lb bag of rice, share vegetables from my garden, pray with him and begin informing others who might be able to help him.   I came away with my own attitude check, forgetting myself and need for work, God let me be a blessing.

I worship you Lord for letting me be your hands and feet in this world.


About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on August 27, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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