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  • Writer's pictureRhovonda Brown

*On the Backburner

There’s a saying that goes like this, “Get in a tough spot, then you’ll find out who your real friends are. You’ll see who really has your back and who was only there when the getting was good.”

We have friends and love ones who are in the hospital, incarcerated, some are having financial crises, and some who are barely making it from day to day. If we’re honest, some of us are having difficulties. Sadly, we ignore others who have difficulties because we have problems of our own. Sometimes, we forget about another person’s plight because we are so consumed with our own issues. We’re dealing with our own troubles and don’t have the energy, time, or the effort to be bother with someone else’s problems. Personally, it seems like my issues should be my number one priority. My problems should take precedence. Shouldn’t it?

Should we be so bogged down with our own situations that we ignore others? Should we be so consumed with the worries of our own personal life that we forget or turn our heads away from those who are hurting and suffering?


What would have happened if God had ignored my plight? I wonder what would have happened to me, to you, and to this world if God had said, “Forget them! They are not worth the trouble! It’s too time consuming and takes too much energy to help those sinful people.” My, how lost we would be!

“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)” (Eph. 2:4-5, NLT)

But praise God who is rich in mercy and grace! Our Heavenly Father could have left us alone to deal with our own problems, but He didn’t. He could have left us where we were, sitting in our own sin infested mess, but He didn’t. Right now, He can walk away from us and leave us to deal with our own issues, but He doesn’t! He didn’t ignore us nor did He forget about us. Instead, He showed His love and compassion toward us. Yes, our Father shows His mercy and love toward us every day. So, shouldn’t we do the same thing? Shouldn’t we show that same love and that same compassion toward others?

Sisters, are we forgetting about our friends, our family members, our church members, or whomever is in need? Have we abandoned our love ones or turned our heads from those people who we say we love because we are pressured and overwhelmed by our own stuff?

As hard as it may be, my sister, we can put aside our own problems. We can put our concerns on the back burner, for just a little while, and think about someone else. Let’s remember those who are in need, those who are facing difficult times, and then try our best to meet that need.

I believe we can change the world, one need at a time!

“It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.” (Prov. 14:21, NIV)

Jesus Walked This Earth Living An Unselfish Life. Let’s Do The Same!


*Originally posted 6/18/12.

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

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