By Karen Polich
Proverbs 11:25 The Message (MSG)
25 The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
those who help others are helped.
In the midst of our busy lives, opportunities surround us. We have moments with those close to us and cross paths with strangers as we engage in the day’s to-do list. While we may be consumed with our responsibilities and the need to get things done, we can choose to help others along the way.
How wonderful is it when someone steps in and brightens your day? Even on a great day, a kind word or a helping hand is a blessing. When a day is going from bad to worse, the generosity of another can be the catalyst to a new outlook.
God gives us opportunities to impact others. Sometimes we get to help in “big” ways, while other times it’s something done in the moment. It may not always be life changing, but the little things we do can have real impact. Life is meant to be lived with others. When we take the time to help those around us, we are often the ones who receive the biggest blessing.
A tiny shift in our focus can open our eyes and hearts to the needs around us, bringing blessings we didn’t expect. When we are looking, we can see needs everywhere.
Be intentional. Who do you know that could use a word of encouragement? Simple words of encouragement can lift someone’s spirits.
Slow down and pay attention to those around you. We are often in a rush to get to the next thing. Today, let’s take a closer look at who God puts in our path. How can we influence even a small part of their day?
Demonstrate grace. We all tend to show our worst side when the pressure is high. If someone is less than pleasant, be kind anyway.
When we take the time to slow down and see things around us, our view changes. What kind of day do we want to have? How can we share that with someone?
What if today, we were all intentional about helping someone else? What kind of impact could we make?