See a need, fill a need

The little boy I babysit LOVES the movie Robots. He watches it almost every day, sometimes multiple times a day, which I don’t mind because it is actually quite clever, funny, and entertaining. One of the catchphrases of the movie is “see a need, fill a need,” as the main character tries to take care of robots in danger of being outmoded. Tucked inside this quirky movie is a beautiful lesson for people of all ages to learn.

Today, I experienced this first hand. A member of the youth group reached out to my husband, the youth minister, and the church elders a week or two ago with a need she saw in our community and she acted on it. We rounded up a group of teens and headed to work today, in 90 degree heat (over 100 degree heat index…) for around 8 hours. I never heard a word of complaint, or even a look of dissatisfaction. They never wavered. Our entire group exuded energy, joy, hard work, and I believe, the light of the God who was working through us. It was a beautiful experience.

Our host, who needed help due to a bad knee, exuded hospitality, preparedness, and friendliness. She made us lunch and dessert, provided countless water bottles and cases of Gatorade, and had all of the supplies we could ever need to be successful with this project. It was great to spend the day with her and get to know her as we fellowshipped.

All in all, it was a day of filling needs and taking care of one another. I feel blessed to have witnessed it and to have these young people in my lives.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

Matthew 25:34-40

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