Caring for Others – It IS Your Duty

Proverbs 31:20 “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor;
yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.”

Helping those who are less fortunate is not just a nice thing to do; it is something that Christians are called upon to do every day. Like the woman in Proverbs 31, we must “stretch out our hands” and show our caring for others through our giving and compassion. She is not selfish, but shares with the less fortunate. She is generous in helping the poor and needy. She has a big, giving heart. Part of the charm of the Parker Valley Sisters is the fact that they are always caring for others, even in their times of distress.

While caring for those who are less fortunate may not be the easiest thing to do, the Bible clearly calls upon us to do so. Not only the woman in Proverbs 31 but many people throughout the Bible are shown helping others. In fact, Jesus himself told the story of the good Samaritan, a man who helped someone who was his enemy when even his own countrymen turned their backs on the poor victim. It is very clear from the Scripture that God has commanded Christians to care for others.

Notice that nowhere in the story of the woman in Proverbs are we told that she gives large sums of money to the poor. Instead, the emphasis is put on her actions. She “stretches” and “reaches” her hands to the poor and the needy. The implication is that she does not simply write a check but takes an active part in taking care of those who need her help. The words “stretch” and “reach” imply effort. What she does is not necessarily easy but it is something she feels compelled to do.

The woman of Proverbs 31 is emulated in the story of the Parker Valley sisters, particularly Sondra. These girls find out that caring for others is not just a suggestion or something that is done when we feel like it. It must be a way of life and something that we do because we are following the call of Christ.

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