Morgan Wheeler is an Internet Celebrity, but not for the normal reasons. Morgan Wheeler helped out a veteran at a West Virginia WalMart that she saw was in need.
As Morgan helped him around the store, she picked up all of the items on the man’s meager shopping list of bread, soup, peanut butter and bananas, but then asked why he didn’t need other essentials, such as milk and eggs.
‘He told me that he might not make it home, without them going bad,’ said Morgan. ‘So I questioned how he got to the store. He told me that he did what he was doing in the parking lot until he got to 119 and then hitch hiked with a trucker to the parking lot.’
Without hesitation, Morgan ordered the man a taxi and picked up a gallon of milk.
‘After placing a gallon of milk in his cart he was crying,’ she said. ‘People were passing by us, looking sideways at him.
‘I knelt down and asked him what was wrong and he replied, that I “was doing far too much for an old man that I barely knew”.’
When I read stories like this, I have a couple of thoughts.
It is easy to live ones life with no view of what’s going on around us. We do our regular routine—get up, get ready for the day, go to work, come home—and meanwhile many around us are struggling. We assuage some of this guilt by throwing money at the problems. We donate money to churches and missions work, we take part in the local charity or food bank when asked, and we buy clothing at the local thrift store, and yet that simply distances us from actually having to do anything personal or get invested.
I believe that this is one of the biggest issues with our culture today—the distance between neighbors and within neighborhoods. We have allowed for modern conveniences to impact our relationships, and the news reports help to make everyone suspect because “you just don’t know” so we put ourselves in isolated bubbles, constructing defenses and not actually reaching out to other people. We’ve lost the art of being human in the sense that if it’s not without our close circles of work or social groups, we are blind and skeptical of everyone.
While Christ walked the Earth, He was constantly with people. The only time that we see that He wasn’t was when they sought to lay hands on Him—to make Him king or to take Him before His time. His entire ministry—which we are to pattern our lives after—was made up of ministering to people physically and spiritually. While many churches today do one or the other, few are actively trying to do both.
Don’t Seek Praise For Yourself
The Bible instructs us that when we do good to not let our left hand know what our right hand is doing. This isn’t a criticism of Morgan, but a general thought. If you find yourself convicted as I have with this article and you wish to start making a difference, please do—but don’t do it if your only motivation is to get noticed or to get fame. God tells us that those that do our works openly saying “Look at me!” get their reward, but those that do it in secret God rewards openly.
Do it because it’s the right thing to do. Do it out of a heart flowing with love for your fellow man. Do it to minister care and concern. Do it as an example for your children. Don’t do it because you want to get noticed.