"Please let me know if I can help."
We've all said it before and we all mean well and yet are we merely being polite or is it sincere? There is a difference. A big difference. Perhaps we need to go just a bit further and make sure the person we say it to KNOWS these are not merely polite words that we dutifully say to everyone in trouble we cross paths with.
Outside of family, there are few people I am willing to inconvenience. When I was in cancer treatment, my husband and I were overwhelmed and though I wouldn't say people were insincere, often their offers to call them if I needed help seemed as casual a remark as talking about the weather.
I was reminded of this today when I received an email from a friend who had learned I was under the weather. Aware of my challenges, she added this words to her comment about calling on her if I needed help. She wanted me to know that she really did mean that. In other words, she validated her offer to call on her if I needed help and that it would be a blessing to her if I did so. Not an inconvenience or a duty but a blessing.
It is empowering to know that when you need a helping hand, there are people who are willing to lend you their hand. Not in a begrudging manner but in a joyful manner. As Christians we need to actively seek to do this. After all, isn't this exactly what Jesus would do?
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I "love" the image of the FRIENDS "holding hands!"
[quote]It is empowering to know that when you need a helping hand, there are people who are willing to lend you their hand. Not in a begrudging manner but in a joyful manner. [b]As Christians we need to actively seek to do this[/b]. After all, isn't this exactly what Jesus would do?[/quote]
Yes, Jesus would have done exactly that -- [b]"actively"[/b] sought to help in a joyful manner. And I like your reminder that we should do likewise.