How The Intention Behind Your Encounters Matters
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

How The Intention Behind Your Encounters Matters

Servant vs. savior.

How The Intention Behind Your Encounters Matters
Uth Time

How do we help the poor? This is a question we struggle with throughout our lives. The financially poor and emotionally poor are in a place where they lack resources to better their situation whether externally or internally. How do we help?

Let me tell you why I do not have the answer. I do not have THE answer because there is not just one answer. We are in search of a solution yet the solution is different for the various individuals, groups, communities, and societies we encounter. We are looking for a 'macro' answer but we are individuals, we are people; we must keep this on a 'micro' level. If we begin to generalize we begin to act in ways that may not truly help and remain surface level. We try to get rid of the results of poverty rather than look to address the root of the problem.

When we encounter others we must come as a servant rather than a savior. We do not have the answers. The answers lie within the culture, the individuality, the community. When we come as a 'savior' we approach others with the belief that our way is superior or better. We push our beliefs and ideas upon others and assume that under different circumstances they will have the same effect. What if our way isn't the best way for everyone? Maybe circumstantially it won't work as it did for us personally.

So how do we make a difference? ... Meet people where they are at but don't leave them there.

When we choose to meet people where they are at and understand their culture we can learn about the inner workings of their society. We can become informed of the problems and the fears of the community. We have the opportunity to hear stories and see others in their natural environment and first hand experience their culture. This brings with it understanding and respect. We can then see that our lives are different and that our solutions back at home may need to be altered to fit the needs of others within their own homes.

It is very important to meet others where they are at because we accept them as who they are. That step brings with it respect and relationship. With relationships, we have the opportunity to make a lasting impact rather than meet needs with short- term answers. That brings me to the next point- do not leave them there. Do not leave them there. Help them grow where they are from. If you understand where their roots are you can help foster growth. With an understanding of one's past and current circumstances as well as values, morals, and dreams, we have the power to create lasting change. Not a change that allows an individual to be safe for the night, but a change that makes one feel as though they can make it on their own.

We must come as servants. Working from the bottom up; getting down on our hands and knees to firsthand experience the situations of those around us.

We must come as servants; servants inspired by our savior.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments