"Help! I need somebody. Not just anybody . . . "
I've been very busy lately. Like, crazy busy.
I've been busy helping a lot of people.
My husband walks through the door most evenings to a noisy nut house with kids all over the place.
The food is all eaten, the trash is full to the brim and I run the dishwasher almost everyday.
You see, when I lost my job back in July, I had no idea what God cooking up for me next. I just took small little steps each day. I just made the best decisions for each day. Then, it was like the light turned on: GOD WANTS ME TO HELP.
Help a friend who just went back to work full-time, so I watch her kids after school.
Help a divorced couple, sorting through it all, so I let their son hang out whenever the need arises.
Help a friend, who lost her husband earlier this year, so I open my home to her and her kids, to be a listening ear and a safe haven from the cruel world outside.
I'm a chauffer, a convenience store, an arcade, an art studio, a referee, a mediator, a therapist--I'm a professional kid wrangler.
Because, That's what people need. And, I'm available to help.
"Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me, get my feet back on the ground
Won't you please, please help me?"
This Beatles song has been on a loop in my head while writing this . . .
People are hurting, y'all. People are dealing with stressful, tough stuff. People are lonely.
Most days, yes, it's quite insane here. Most days, my to-do list gets scrapped and added to tomorrow's list. Most days, it can be an imposition. Most days, I get tired. Most days, I think, "My God--do you guys have tapeworms??? I just went to the store!"
Yet, amidst the crazy--I'VE NEVER BEEN SO FULL OF JOY.
I know it sounds weird. It really is true that you get what you give.
So, I challenge you:
Look around, listen. Who needs some help?
Look inside, listen. Do you need to ask someone for help?
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16
P.S. I've also learned that in the midst of helping others--don't forget to take care of your own. Don't neglect the ones God has given you to help in your own house. Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!