Person to Person

Helping Others

How often do we get stuck on numbers (I know I do), thinking that unless we can sweep across the land like good deed crop dusters, eradicating all pain and suffering (or ignorance, or violence, or?) there is no point in beginning? Mother Teresa began with one person. And then another, and then another. By the end of her life that one person had become thousands helping hundreds of thousands in 140 countries. And yet in every situation it came down to–and still does–one person helping another. Teresa of Calcutta never forgot that.

If our hearts are open, God will show us that person. And the next person. And the next…

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.”  ~Luke 12:6

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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17 Responses to Person to Person

  1. Great post, Mitch. We have to guard our hearts from seeking glory for ourselves, of wanting to be great in the eyes of the world.

    “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan

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  2. Aquileana says:

    Just being able to help someone is good enough, I´d say… Every litte action counts….
    Great, inspirational share, Mitch. Have a great weekend ⭐

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  3. Amen! Quality over quantity. It must be an American things, we always want more, bigger,lots of stuff. 🙂

    Jesus had crowds of thousands sometimes, but He also had just 12 who helped to change the world forever.

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  5. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Keeping in mind “Each One Reach One” (a song from the 90s) keeps us from feeling overwhelmed. One at a time is a reachable goal. Funny, reducing the pressure actually adds energy!

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  6. Wise words Mitch. Because my heart gets very burdened by the knowledge of the great need for God’s Word and love in the world, I often feel inadequate and that I am not doing enough or making enough of an impact. I keep having to remind myself to “bloom where I am planted” even if that is only a very small garden.

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  7. Reblogged this on heartshabitation and commented:
    I thoughts that these were wise words in a short and to the point message.

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  8. If we cannot help one another, why are we here??? Great quote. 🙂

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  9. Kind of like the following, (apologies for length)

    A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.

    She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

    The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”

    The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.

    — Adapted from The Star Thrower
    by Loren C. Eiseley

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  10. gpavants says:


    This takes the pressure off to rush through those God moments to get to the next person. Give someone a bit of your time with Jesus on the center of it and let God work.




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