On my good days, it’s easy to think about other peoples’ needs. When life is “coming up roses” for me, I want to be kind and considerate to others. I figure, God has been so good to me perhaps I’ll just spread a little of that love to others. However, I do have those dark days, when life is challenging, disappointing, and painful. In those moments I tend to get way too caught up in my own issues, my own quest for relief; I become self-absorbed. When I’m having those self-absorbed, feel bad for Lenny days, it’s too easy for me to stop caring about the needs of others around me. So what if “what’s her name” can’t pay her bills, my life is falling apart. I have enough problems of my own to worry about anyone else.
Jesus, thankfully, does not stop caring for others despite what’s going on in his own life. While he is hanging up on the cross, brutally nailed there for crimes he did not commit, he considers what life will be like for his widowed mother once he is gone from this world. So, with his last few breaths Jesus devises a plan to make sure his mother will be well cared for by John the Apostle in verses 25-27. Here is Jesus with blood gashing out from multiple places in his body and all he could think about was the financial and emotional strain on Mary once he is dead. Jesus is amazing!
I am challenged today to care for the needs of others, even when I feel as if my own needs or wants are not met. Even when the chips are down for me, I want to be used by God to turn the chips up for others in need. It seems to me that one of the marks of Christian maturity is consistently caring for and helping others even and especially when you are dealing with your own unmet needs and disappointments.