Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.Galatians 6:10
My stroke has caused me to transition from someone who used to help others in the church and in the community to someone who is now receiving the help. Since there are many things I cannot do, others pitch in often to lend a hand.
God calls us to care for others in the church. The gifts that God gives each believer are intended for the use of the common good within the church (see 1 Corinthians 12:7). I recognize that my limitations have become a chance for other believers to fulfill their role within the family of believers to which He’s called them.
Since my stroke, my family has been privileged to know God more deeply as our provider. I can hardly count the number of people who have supplied meals, gift cards, and money; who’ve taken care of our lawn, renovated our house, fixed things that were broken; who’ve given rides to our kids. I can now see that God provided other believers a way to serve so that He will be praised (see Matthew 5:16).
Be open to extending care wherever the Lord gives an opportunity. “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” (John Bunyan)