Tuesday, 04 October 2022

M Michele's Musings

The Little Things/Helping Hands

Expressions of God’s Love and Care


Recently I was at the post office to pick up mail for the firm.  As I was leaving the building, there was a woman talking on a cell phone in one hand and with the other struggling to get a big cart with some sort of appliance through the double glass doors.  I ran to help her open the second door, but I was of little use as it was blocked from opening due to the awkward positioning of the cart and the appliance sitting precariously atop the cart.  As I attempted to help, she was able to wiggle the cart into a better position and it finally passed through the door.  We smiled at each other in acknowledgement of her ultimate success. I was a little saddened that I was not able to help, so I immediately apologized.  She nodded, smiled again, and assured me that all was fine. 

As I left the area, I remembered another incident that occurred just days before at Walmart.  I was leaving Walmart and walking toward me was a Walmart employee who motioned to a woman who was leaving Walmart as well.  It took me a minute to realize she was telling the woman that she was losing things out of the bottom of her cart.  The Walmart employee didn’t miss a beat as she continued to walk into the store.  I, on the other hand, immediately changed directions and went to help the woman gather the things that had fallen out of her cart.  She was very appreciative of the help.

The wheels of my mind were churning.  Two opportunities to help someone in the space of just days.  In one instance I was successful and was able to help.  While with the other, my attempt really didn’t pan out.  Though these two instances were seemingly small and insignificant, in the scheme of helping others, there must be literally hundreds of ways to help others.  The Bible is full of advice and promises concerning helping others.  We are told that helping others is an expression of love, care and can be a witness of the love that Jesus has for humankind.

The Bible gives us many guidelines to follow: “Serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13b) “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD” (Proverbs 19:17)  “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)  “And do not forget to do good and to share with others.” (Hebrews 13:16a) “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13) “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” (Matthew 5:42) “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13) “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” (Proverbs 3:27) “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)  The list goes on and on.

Just yesterday at church during worship I was a recipient of kindness along with a few other ladies.  Tears spilled from my eyes while secretly wishing I had a tissue.  I barely had the thought when a kind soul from the congregation brought us each a tissue.  I was overcome with emotion, and cried all the more, overwhelmed with God’s love for me.  I instantly KNEW God had His hand in the midst of my situation and it was if through this simple act of kindness, He had wrapped me up in His arms of love and care.    

Sadly, at present, we seem to be living in very selfish times.  Many are worried about themselves rather than others.  To help and give aid does require sacrifice.  Many are too busy going about their own lives to stop for a moment and lend a helping hand.  Therefore, when you find someone willing to go out of their way to help someone in need it is especially refreshing and really quite remarkable.  The list of ways we can help people really is innumerable.  

When I think about sacrifice, I think of God and Jesus.  God sent His only Son and Jesus gave His life for us in the ultimate sacrifice.  He sacrificed because of love.  “But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8  It is true.  When we love we will sacrifice all kinds of things for those we love.   Jesus said it best, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13  To love others is not only a suggestion but Jesus told us, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”  John 15:12   Jesus loved sacrificially.  He gave of his life that we might be saved and brought into a relationship with God.  “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:4-7

So, let us, as the children of God, choose to love as Christ loved us.  We can be an extension of his love serving others.  Being kind and helpful doesn’t always mean you do something big, but it can be as simple as a smile or kind word; taking the time to sit with someone, send a card, write a letter, forgive a wrong, hold a hand, give a hug, lend a listening ear or even share a tissue.  You may never know or learn how much your act of kindness meant to someone, but I believe God is up in heaven making note of every single thing we do for His kingdom here on earth.   We don’t know that our acts of kindness won’t eventually be the catalyst in leading someone to Christ or bringing hope to someone when their hope has been dashed with the hardships of life.     

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright August 2022 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire

 

 

Columnist: Michele Abshire

 

Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

 

 

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