By Heather McGillivray -
There are some kinds of help I’d rather do without. Once, while turning onto a side street, a man coming from the other direction suddenly stopped so I could go. I had a turning lane to wait in and I wasn’t expecting oncoming traffic to stop so it startled me—I wasn’t quite sure what to do and hesitated. Meanwhile, cars were slowing down behind him and he was angrily waving me ahead. I rushed through but I remember thinking, thanks but no thanks, mister.
Sheesh. If you’re going to go out of your way to try to be nice to someone, at least try to be nice about it.
Some kinds of help really aren`t helpful. Sometimes people try to do the right thing the wrong way. It’s like that in the fight for Life, too. When you hear about violence; when people start despising others because they don’t seem to be responding quickly enough; when we forget that we have been called to love all people—even our enemies—and to appreciate all life, then the efforts might as well be directed at oncoming traffic.
I wonder if sometimes pastors and churches hesitate to keep certain issues at the forefront because they’ve felt the sting of people trying to help with a worthy cause. Maybe they have felt ploughed over by the demands of angry people waving them on and expecting them to hurry up and turn in. Some might just be a little wary.
But Alexandra Jerzierski is thinking we need to get more churches involved with the Letters4Life campaign challenge just the same.
We are down to the home stretch. I wonder if, even this weekend, many of us could humbly approach our pastors and ask them to make an announcement. What if every person in every pew would know about the Letters4Life campaign?
Just imagine if this weekend 100,000 hearts were touched across our great country—and 100,000 people went home and wrote 100,000 letters.
If you’re interested in speaking up for the unborn and making a difference, consider if you might be the person God is asking to step forward and speak out—then, be nice enough to let others decide for themselves if they want to turn in or not.
For more information about the campaign see www.Letters4Life.com
Heather McGillivray writes from her home in Northern Ontario.