It is so easy to think of everything in material terms. This can be especially true when we seek to serve those in need. The needy are too often thought of as only those with material needs.
Now it is important to assist and minister to those who are destitute or on the verge of being so. I don't want to minimize this. However, God also sends us to people who suffer lack in a variety of other ways, such as social, emotional, spiritual . . . . However, if our focus is too narrow, we could miss the places where our students need to experience God's freedom and hear God's liberating word. We could miss opportunities of genuine service. Moreover, when we lead from a narrow focus, that's what our students learn. Thus, they will go out believing that we can only serve by meeting people's material needs. However, wouldn't you say that as human beings, we're more than the physical, more than meets the eye?
What do you think?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor