The Real Needs Around Me

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9:36 NIV).

The second I opened the door to my modest, safe sedan I knew it was gone. My purse. Not just any purse—my beautiful, brown leather tote that held, in a sense, my entire life. While I was disappointed my daily “goods” were gone—extra pens, a flash drive, and my planner—I felt vulnerable knowing all of my legal identification was gone. My license, passport, Social Security card, and even my journal were all stolen.

I was in the process of getting updated cards and forms this year, so I had all of my valuable, personal information tucked away in my favorite purse.

“You should contact your credit card companies, Social Security, and report your stolen passport,” the police said. “But nine times out of ten, the person who did this was just looking for cash. The thief has probably never seen a passport before and wouldn’t know what to do with any of that information.”

While identity theft is not a joke (and I definitely put alerts on all of my accounts), I could not help but realize my exuberant privilege. Something bad happened to me; someone took my stuff. It was inconvenient and annoying, not life changing.

I don’t know who committed the crime. Maybe it was just a thrill. Maybe it was out of desperation. Either way, I can assume that this person does not have the safety nets, guidance, and monetary support that I have.

It is easy for me to be ignorant of real needs around me. I think that’s why God specifically calls us to go and make disciples. It’s not supposed to be some passive thing. Jesus crossed lines of ethnicity, class, economy, gender, and religion.

The bad thing that happened to me opened my eyes to some desperate needs in my city. Who are the people you are called to serve?


Rebekah Bundy has worked as a writer and copy editor and is excited about teaching secondary education this fall. She and her husband are passionate about international missions and discipleship.





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