Today's Scripture: Proverbs 31:8-9
Central Thought: There are many people who cannot help themselves.
With blessing comes responsibility. If I have much, I am responsible to those who have little. The writer of Proverbs says: 'Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (vv. 8-9).
When you see someone hurting today—reach out and give them a hug.
When you see someone who is lonely—take the time to sit with them.
When you see someone who needs money—give something.
I can remember as a missionary in Paris being asked one time by a new follower of Christ, 'What am I to do with all those who are begging in the subways of Paris? Should I give to everyone I pass by?” My response was, 'Your responsibility is not to give to everyone you pass by on a daily basis but to give to at least one.”
William Ward writes:
I will do more than belong—I will participate.
I will do more than care—I will help.
I will do more than believe—I will practice.
I will do more than be fair—I will be kind.
I will do more than forgive—I will forget.
I will do more than dream—I will work.
I will do more than teach—I will inspire.
I will do more than earn—I will enrich.
I will do more than give—I will serve.
I will do more than live—I will grow.
I will do more than suffer—I will triumph.
Today's Bible Reading: Zechariah 14:1-21; Revelation 20:1-15; Psalm 148:1-14; Proverbs 31:8-9
 William Ward. Source: Haddon Robinson, Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society (June 2003): p. 12.