The Same Earnest Care


“But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.”
(2 Corinthians 8:16)

On a windy afternoon, a few girls decided to have a picnic in the city park. One of the girls, Heather, said, “I’ve been told that it is good luck to catch a floating leaf while it is still in the air.” The other girls chuckled and said, “That’s superstition.” Heather said, “I know, but enjoy catching they, anyway,”

The others watched as Heather attempted to catch the falling leaves. She innocently darted here and there after the brown, yellow, and red leaves. Finally, she caught a leaf, and held it close to her heart.

The other girls marveled at how several leaves had fallen very close to Heather, but she always aimed at the leaves which were beyond her reach.

Isn’t that like us? Sometimes we aim for people and things beyond our reach, and often we take our loved ones (those closest to us) for granted.

If only we would display the same earnest care for those closest to us, instead of always reaching for that which beyond our immediate sphere of influence. Take a lesson from Titus. Of his own accord he ministered to the Corinthians and showed an earnest care for them.

Are you displaying an earnest care for those around you?