How do you really help someone? Most people who have tried to help others have learned that helping someone is not as easy as it appears. In fact, sometimes it is almost impossible. No wonder “Good Samaritans” often speak of compassion fatigue.
I hope you read yesterday’s post about “A Story Worthy of Christmas.” It will be well worth your time to read about Officer Lawrence DePrimo of the New York City Police Department. He went beyond his responsibility to help a shoeless, homeless man. Please click here to read the story and see a picture worth a thousand words.
Officer DePrimo’s story is a wonderful illustration of kindness and caring, but it’s not the end of the story.
The story has caught on all over the world, but in New York City it is one of the biggest stories of the year. The New York Times has given it front page status.
Several people have now seen the homeless man in the picture. His name is Jeffrey Hillman.
There’s just one problem. He’s still shoeless and still walking around on the heels of his feet. He has been seen by a number of people. According to Mr. Hillman he has hidden his shoes because he’s afraid someone might kill him for his shoes. One woman told the Times she had bought the same man a pair of shoes last year.
Mr. Hillman is not giving out much more information.
He is making it clear that it’s hard to help people in need.
What do you do in this kind of situation where you’ve done your best–like Officer DePrimo–and learned that your best is not good enough to really help someone?
You keep being faithful to God and His Word no matter what.
One of our readers reminded us of the teaching of James 2:14-17: “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:14-17 NKJV).
Tomorrow, I hope to help answer this question about how you help other people. I hope you will come to waylonbailey.com to read and think about this difficult conumdrum.
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