“It isn’t what kind of house you have that matters. This is not happiness. It’s what kind of mind you have, and how you care for your fellow man-what you can do to help others who can be helped by no one else.” – Drefan Rahl; Temple of the Winds
This quote is something of which I need a constant reminder. It hit me square between the eyes the first time I read it, and even now it reminds me of the calling of every Christian.
To put this into context of the book, Temple of the Winds by Terry Goodkind, Drefan Rahl, Richard’s half-brother, is a healer from a secluded community. He lives quite simply, in a room that serves only his basic needs.
He visits Richard in Aydindril and, while there, is housed in very ostentatious quarters. He has taken the trouble of making seem as much like home for himself as possible. The above quote comes in response to Richard’s suggestion that they move Drefan to better quarters (where Drefan had been staying were the guest quarters).
Like I said, Drefan’s response hit me right between the eyes.
Of course, Drefan is not the first person to state that it is essential that we care for our fellow men and women.
The Old Testament is filled with laws about forgiving debt after seven years, not oppressing the poor, orphans and widows, not perverting justice and even allowing the redemption of property sold to pay off a debt. (Exodus 23:11; Leviticus 19:15; 25:25; Deuteronomy 15:7; 24:14, 17).
The Psalms state that God will take up the cause of those who are poor and oppressed (Psalm 14:6; 9:9; 35:10; 72:4, 12-13).
Jesus Himself even states the importance of caring for the poor, going so far as to claim that when we help those who are poor and needy, we help Christ Himself (Matthew 25:35).
It is essential that all of us, not just Christians, take the time to help those who are in need.
One of the major things I look for when I look at political candidates, preachers, and charity organizations is what kind of effort they have made to alleviate the burdens on the oppressed and bring justice into this world. I am not saying they have to solve the world’s problems. They just need to be instrumental in helping those who are unable to help themselves.
This is a call to all of us. Not just the Church.
Help those who can not help themselves. It is in this that true character lies. This is where true happiness is found.
Until next time, keep the faith.