If you are like me, every third post on your Facebook timeline is another video of someone dumping ice water on their heads. But why?
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
What is ALS you might ask?
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
That’s no good.
It’s important that we know these things folks – ice buckets are not the end goal. I would contend that the end goal is not even raising money for ALS.
Rather, obedience to how the Bible tells us to live.
The sad part of life on this side of heaven is that there is pain. I believe that God has an ultimate plan for the world, but sadly our world is pretty broken.
The ALS Association has hit fundraising gold with the Ice Bucket Challenge, but here is the lesson:
Let’s live open handed.
If people need stuff and you have it – help them out.
If you have a skill that can help someone – use it
If you are healthy – help people who aren’t.
Matthew 25 tells the story of what it will be like when the timeline of this life stops and Jesus returns:
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
Know what I mean?
So….without further ado…
The Ice Bucket Challenge
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