When tragedies and struggles ‘hit’ other people, have you heard yourself saying (or thinking) the words, ‘But, what can I do?’ Maybe you jump right in: perhaps you sit on the sidelines.
I have, especially when I’ve had ‘stuff’ going on in my own life or family. We tend to retreat into our own world of hurt or need, thinking only of ourselves. After all, we have to survive.
Being in my senior years, I’ve experienced many times of need, and almost as many times I have received amazing gifts from some pretty awesome people. Because they heeded an inner sense to help. I have been humbled by the generosity of others, as well as, by the givers.
So, where am I going with this? I have learned that to give to others is just as awesome as receiving. You are rewarded with a smile; thanks; surprise. It makes you feel good inside.
Friends of ours are going through some major stuff, and in speaking to a family member, she outlined simple ways that people have helped them.
a) money for parking costs at the hospital
b) gas money for the numerous medical, or visiting trips
c) light reading to relieve the boredom
d) light meals for the family at home
e) an offer to drive them to hospital and/or give them a ride home
Small things to consider as we go about our daily routines.
In the Bible – Deuteronomy 24 reminds us to care enough about others that we gladly assist them in their times of need. The fatherless. Orphans. Widows, as well as, those we do not know intimately – strangers (our neighbors, extended family and associates too.
In fact, the world would be a better place if we cared as much about others, as we do about ourselves.
Me? I bake or cook. So – when I can I share the results. I figure that when you are sick, needy or you’ve spent a day at hospital, to have a small snack ready to enjoy on your return home is a real treat.
So, question for you. What can you do for somebody else today? Are you willing to share the blessings you receive?