"A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold." -Proverbs 22:1 ESV
"Take no part in the worthless pleasures of evil and darkness, but instead, rebuke and expose them. It would be shameful even to mention here those pleasures of darkness that the ungodly do. But when you expose them, the light shines in upon their sin and shows it up, and when they see how wrong they really are, some of them may even become children of light." -Ephesians 5:11-13 TLB
"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life." Galatians 6:4-5 -The Message Bible
I also thought about José's reply. It was obvious to me by the way José responded, that he had expected me to help him. José saw me as a part of the neighborhood, which meant that this problem was also my responsibility. I began to think about all the arenas of life where I should be taking more ownership.
We represent The Kingdom! We are God's reflection! Let's celebrate each other's beauty in a healthy way.
"She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue." -Proverbs 31:26 NIV
Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.