As much as I love words and love to write, that scripture keeps coming back to me: "Be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only." Words are empty without action - a false commentary with no meaning, no committment - the easy way out.
Being less fortunate doesn't mean, less money, less material things - it means 'less anything that keeps a person stifled in their suffering and feeling of inadequacy. "Do I count? Do I matter? Why am I taking up space on this earth?" If any of us have these questions, we could be one of the less fortunate. One definition of 'fortunate' is: receiving good from unexpected or uncertain sources.
I am the first to admit, I don't understand how this works - knowing God doesn't play favorites, how can it be that so many are so unfortunate? Some say we create our own problems and misery - to an extent, I believe it. Others say, we make our own luck, yet others say there is no such thing as luck. These are more things I do not understand - we all have our own personal experiences and beliefs.
The one truth I am sure of is that the Lord didn't put us on this earth to be hurtful to one another, to ignore those in need, whether a friend, family or complete stranger. I often look back at missed opportunities when 'I was too busy, or it wasn't a convenient time' - it saddens my heart that I have these memories, these missed chances to show God's Love - and I know it saddens Him as well.
My job is not to analyze why and wherefore - my job, in my opinion, is to recognize and be proactive - not ignore a situation because it doesn't fit my schedule. It takes more than words to mend a broken heart, to lighten someone's load, to share a grief or loss - it is the direct and personal touch of a hand or comfort of a shoulder, or perhaps just the presence of a fellow human being, listening and walking with you side by side, saying "I am here to help - take my hand lean on me."