How The Intention Behind Your Encounters Matters

How The Intention Behind Your Encounters Matters

Servant vs. savior.

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.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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