I’m not a talented guy,” says John Haggai. “I don’t sing, I don’t preach. I don’t teach. I guess I’m just here to help people.”
For Kirk Porter, that’s enough. For the past 25 years, through the Big Brother program, John has been faithfully helping Kirk make it through life. Kirk, who is now in his early thirties but has the mental capacity of an 11-year-old, calls John “the best dad in the whole world.” The countless hours they have spent together have forged a bond of friendship that supports Kirk as he battles a brain tumor.
John Haggai is wrong. He is a talented guy. He has the talent of helping the helpless—which is a sign of true religion (Jas. 1:27). He is giving the kind of love that Jesus calls us to give (1 Jn. 3:17). He has the talent to give of himself, to share his life, and to make life easier for someone who has nothing but love to give in return.
The talent to care is the most underrated talent God gives. Caring and loving and nurturing have value that transcends the high-profile talents that put people in the spotlight.
As Kirk faces life in hospice care, awaiting the inevitable results of his disease, he says with confidence, “I’m not scared now. I have Jesus on my side.” He has John Haggai too. That’s an unbeatable combination.
A caring heart, a listening ear,
A thoughtful word, a gentle tear
Will help to lift the heavy load
Of weary souls along life's road. —DJD
In life's relentless wear and tear, God gives us those who care and share.