Being for Others

Genesis 12:2

Blessed to be a Blessing

The Lord says to Abram, “I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2b, NIV). That is precisely the point of life: The reason for receiving a blessing is to be a blessing to others. To paraphrase Viktor Frankl, the essence of human existence is self-transcendence, which is moving out of oneself to others, specifically, to help them. Life, then, is about both receiving and giving to others.

Men and women, then, are blessed or fortunate to help those who are less fortunate. Therefore, people’s talents and blessings are not only for themselves but also to help others. One reason America is in an economic crisis is many people want the blessings of life without being a blessing to others.

Privileged to Help the Underprivileged

An economic reality, a fact of life, is that some people are born into fortunate circumstances, being privileged; while others are born into unfortunate conditions, being underprivileged. There is nothing wrong with being privileged, that is, having wealth and nice possessions. However, as they enjoy their privileges, the privileged should consider it a “privilege” to help the underprivileged.

The privileged need the underprivileged; conversely, the underprivileged need the privileged. They need each other to become more fully human, that is, to lead a life that is truly befitting of human dignity. Squandering wealth, just as surely as living in abject poverty, is an indignity and, therefore, not worthy of the human person.

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