“If I look today I will find someone to help.”
I finished up my devotion for the day and this was the last thought I read. If I look. Do I look? Do I take the time to see who may need my help?
It is easy to read that last line in the devotion and jump to what can I do when I am out and about today. A pet peeve of mine are individuals that just leave their cart in the parking lot rather than taking the minute or two to put it in the cart bin. I never think about what they might be going through at that moment. Maybe it took all their strength to make it to the grocery store because they are ill. Their mind could be consumed with worry for a loved one. What if it IS just because they want the short cut? So what. It is still an act of kindness to put that cart in the bin on their behalf.
Some days I am so caught up in teaching our children how to be responsible that I miss the opportunity to be a servant to them too. Putting away their clothes, making their lunch, clearing their dishes. Small acts but acts of love nonetheless. Responsibility lessons can always be learned. But an act of love here and there will be cherished forever.
Then there are those days that I tell myself that it is all I can do to help myself let alone someone else. I am just too tired to do any more. Too many things I could be doing and not enough hours to do them in. Jesus cannot relate to my reality. It is too much of a stretch. Then guilt comes for a visit. Maybe I should be doing more for others. After all it is not all about me. But actually it is. It is all about how Jesus will come and be with me even more intimately in those moments I am helping others. When I am feeling too tired to do something kind for someone I remember that Jesus still kept on sharing His words of love with those that came to Him after a long day of healing. He had endless smiles and hugs for children clammering for His attention. I remember Jesus did the lowest of jobs in washing His disciples feet. While Jesus was in pain on the cross He still spoke words of forgiveness and hope to the thief next to Him.
So I smile and say goodbye to the guilt, giving the idea of service a whole new outlook. If I look today I will find someone to help and Jesus beside me teaching more of His love and grace. In the end I will have helped myself most of all.
“Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. ” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5