Does Anyone Need Help? {with Giveaway}

Have you ever wished for someone to come along and lift a weight off your shoulders?

We all need help from time to time. Sometimes, we need help getting something off a high shelf or carrying groceries in from the car. There are days we need someone to babysit our kids or run an errand for us. But then, there are seasons when our need for help is much deeper. When we need a friend who will stand by our side and speak words of life over our souls.

In Luke 10 Jesus tells about a man who was attacked physically by robbers. He was brutally beaten and left on the side of the road alone and half dead.

As the man lay there bleeding and needing help, a priest came by. Perhaps the wounded man thought, “someone to help me.” But the priest passed by on the other side and ignored him.

A short time later, a Levite came by, and he too passed by the man. Offering no help.

But then, a Samaritan, who would have been despised by many, saw the man and immediately stopped. He went to the man, cleaned his wounds, bandaged them, and then took the man to an inn where he could be cared for until he was completely well. This Samaritan gave his own money to pay for the wounded man’s care.

Help. The wounded man needed it. The lady down the street needs it. The girl in the cubicle across the room needs it. The mom in the carpool line needs it.

God has called us to cross the lines of our comfort zones and carry the wounded to His feet. To acknowledge the hurting and give humbly to see others set free.

Here are three ways we can begin living out our call to be like the good Samaritan:

Look – For Jesus ministry was the person right in front of Him. It’s no different for us today. People are in need all around us. Let’s determine to intentionally discover the needs of others and do what we can to help.

Listen – Our hearts tend to tumble out through our words when we talk. Listen closely when someone is speaking, and then ask God how He wants you to share His love. You and I won’t be able to do everything, but we can do something – and that something just might make a world of difference for someone.

Love –  Matthew 9:36 says, “When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Compassion doesn’t wait. It does what it can, right where it is.

We all need help at times. As we think about the words “look, listen and love” how might you and I be the answer to someone else’s cry for help?

Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to a company that is crossing the globe with the gospel and restoring dignity to the lives of men, women and children.

Karama is a fair trade and ethically sourced company that employees artisans to make beautiful products, beginning in Africa.

Karama offers beautiful handmade jewelry and accessories. But that’s not all. When a purchase is made from Karama they reinvest in the lives of African youth through Young Life Camp sponsorships. Is that amazing or what!

You and I will never be able to reach every person in this world. We weren’t meant to. But we can increase our reach by supporting organizations like Karama that are going places we may never be able to visit.

To learn more about Karama and view their amazing products click HERE.

GIVEAWAY: 

This week I’ve partnered with Karama to give away this beautiful Mapacha necklace to one reader.

To enter the drawing, subscribe to Raising An Arrow and comment below with one way you are going “look, listen or love” over the next week.

Deadline for entry is Sunday, November 5.

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12 thoughts on “Does Anyone Need Help? {with Giveaway}

  1. Sara F says:

    I am a single mother of two young girls. This week I am going to look, listen, and love by reaching out to other single moms and helping them in whatever way possible. Be it a listening ear, babysitting, a meal, a hug, prayer… It’s hard going it alone, but we are never truly alone when we have Christ alone. More blessed to give than receive – be the light!

    • Sara – I love your perspective! I grew up as the only child of a single mom, and that has given me a huge respect and admiration of single moms. Kudos to you for your willingness to reach out to others moms and do what you can to help! May the Lord bless you big this week!

  2. Tracy says:

    As a busy Mom with a full-time job… it is easy to put blinders onand overlook what’s going on around us and in the lives of others. This week, my goal is to be more INTENTIONAL. I’m asking God to help me see others through HIS eyes, and to break my heart with what breaks HIS. We are ALL here with a God-given purpose.. and have the ability to positively impact others daily. I am going to intentionally LOOK for someone that needs help, is hurting, or seeking. Then I’m going to LISTEN more than I speak.. and let God lead me how to LOVE them with HIS love. ❤️

  3. It is so true that listening and walking through life with someone can make an enormous difference. I so deeply needed that earlier this year as the pain of grief was so heavy yet I also needed to get through school and so many other things happening at the same time…and most people’s intentions are a lot better than their follow through which leads to a rollercoaster of relief followed by frustration and disappointment up and down over and over again…how I will look listen or love this week is that I have still been wearing the blinders that grief gave me, focusing on making it through a day at a time and shutting out the world around me. I am going to try to intentionally engage the people I see as I go about life like the other people outside on my way to work, or the other shoppers at the grocery store.

    • It can be easy to let those blinders slip right onto our eyes, can’t it. Intentionally seeking to engage with people is a wonderful way to begin noticing how and where help is needed. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Have a great week!

  4. Hi Leigh Ellen–I’m so blessed to serve with you on the Grit N Grace team! Glad to find your link on Holley’s linkup too. Subscribing today, and here’s my comment: I love the story of the Good Samaritan. It challenges me to give generously and look for those who are hurting. This week, I plan to listen more than talk, and as Karen Ehman has said, I will listen for the heart drops so I can minister to those in need. Blessings to you!

  5. Ryan Adkins says:

    I have been trying my best to see others through His eyes and through His love instead of my own. It has helped me “deal” with those in my life who don’t have my best interest at heart. As I continue being hurt I am vowing to continue loving them as He does. It is hard, but so worth it! They deserve it!

  6. Michele O’Leary says:

    “God has called us to cross the lines of our comfort zones and carry the wounded to His feet.” Leigh Ellen, beautifully written. Cross the lines with Jesus to see and reach out to others AND bring them to His feet. ❤️

  7. Ohhhhhhh! It’s so good to see you back at #MomentsofHope, Leigh! I have so missed our connection! What a great post, too ♥ Staying aware so we can serve as God’s conduit of hope is the prayer of my heart. There is a song right now that I can’t help but blare when it comes on. “I Want to Be Different” by Micha Tyler. Reminds me so much of the call to action you have presented here!

    Much love and many blessings,
    Lori

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