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In many areas of life we are encouraged to be aware, or to be mindful. You can see this in the idea of being mindful of what we eat in a day. The concept of mindfulness makes its way into mental health. If you drive a vehicle you will have heard the term defensive driving. Even when we go for walks we are encouraged to be situationally aware of our surroundings. We are called to have our eyes open for so much and for so often that it’s a wonder that we aren’t encouraged to sleep with our eyes open.

I’m not suggesting that we should be ignorant and unobservant on purpose. It’s important to not let a truth skip by us just because we are tired of being reminded to keep an eye out. When we have a larger natural disaster like the floods seen here in Nebraska we’re suddenly jolted into mindfulness in the area of serving our neighbors. It’s good that we take this opportunity to be of service to others. This is an important time to show care and love as Christ, our prime example, would do. We have seen this care and love shown day after day. The strength of community is on display during this time.

The challenge with a flood, in particular, is that the effects are felt for long after the waters have receded. Our neighbors will need support and not just a day or two, or even a week or two. Sometimes a natural disaster can be like a jolt of caffeine that wakes us to service and the law of love for a time and then caffeine wears off and we fall asleep and back into self-centered mindsets. Just as Paul encouraged the Galatians, it’s worth taking this to heart for ourselves as well,

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. 1

During the flood The Salvation Army will seek to do good to everyone, as well our brothers and sisters in the faith. It won’t always be easy, but even when your service adds up to long days, and tired bodies, don’t grow weary of doing good. Keep an eye out for the opportunity to do good and then see the bountiful harvest that will come.

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