If we look at God as "the great fixer", then we really don't need to become involved in people's lives, do we? We can stand at a distance, throw money in the plate, and offer up a prayer for someone. But if we see Him as being with us in life, then we must get involved. We must walk out the attributes of God that He would show if He were here, physically walking among us.
If we can enter into someone's pain with them and let it touch us, knowing that we are taking the Lord with us, then we can offer up an answer or help or simple kindness. His presence in us enables us to walk through the bad things, the ugly things, the hurtful things that people are going through. I wonder how many times we have avoided contact with someone because of their lifestyle or their appearance or their past. If we can't bump up against others and let their lives effect ours, then we can't be a light to the world. We can't ease suffering and pain and then He has no opportunity to work through us.
If I can be a little bit of Jesus in the world then my life has meaning and purpose and I will be so busy doling out the love of God that my issues will grow strangely dim! Then God is at work in me and He will have avenues with which He can bless me as I bless others.
From His lap,