Do you know someone who’s been having an especially challenging time?
You’ve been there before. Like when the whole family got sick, and you were the only one (though you weren’t feeling that great either) able to nurse everyone back to health. Or when the kids fought constantly, and you locked yourself in the bathroom to escape the madness. Or when one of your parents became ill, and you had to rearrange your schedule to attend to their needs.
What can you do for your friend, who just needs some encouragement to get through a rough day?
Bring a Meal
When things get a little crazy around the house, one of the first things that probably won’t get done is having dinner on the table. Bringing a meal to someone is a nice and practical way to make someone’s day. Every time we came home from the hospital with a new baby, friends and family would come by almost every night to drop off some dinner. What a help that was since cooking was the furthest thing from my mind!
Babysit the Kids
Do you know someone who has just been feeling overwhelmed with this whole motherhood thing? Maybe there’s a young couple you know who just hasn’t had a date night since the baby was born 12 months ago. Or your friend, who is a single mom, needs to pick up an extra shift at work. Tell them you can babysit their kids, and I’m sure it won’t take long for them to accept your offer.
Buy Some Groceries
There was a time when my husband was unemployed, and budget was tight. Our friend stopped by with a carload of groceries, and said, “We just came from Costco. We thought you’d want half of all the bulk items since it’s a lot for our family anyway.” This was an unexpected but sweet blessing.
Maybe you know someone who just can’t get to the store to get some staple items for the pantry. Buy a little extra. Or if your couponing skills has allowed you to stock up on certain items, consider giving them away to someone in need.
Be a Friend
The best thing to give, really, is your friendship. Be there for someone, who just needs a listening ear. Have some encouraging words to say to lift up a downcast and weary spirit. Send an email or write a note (so few do this nowadays). Pray for them and pray with them.
Sometimes you feel like you should be on the receiving end of these blessings. In the middle of your own busy day, you’re wondering how you can find the time to do even one of these things. You have enough in your own world to think about, and the idea of reaching beyond that world to someone else’s seems impossible or, at the very least, inconvenient.
But, consider this proverb.
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.
Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it’–
when you have it with you.” (Proverbs 3:27-28)
Can you think of other ways that you can brighten up someone’s day?
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