I remember being a young mom of three elementary school aged children.
Those were busy years.
Great years, indeed, but busy years.
I was also teaching full time during those years as well.
I clearly remember one valentines day (or valentines week of preparation). My mom stopped by for a visit and I was busy baking this for one child’s classroom party and busy baking that for another child’s classroom party. We were sitting at the kitchen table creating little favors for another classroom party. The list just didn’t end. I remember my mom saying that they say to find the busiest person and ask her to do the job and you can make sure it will get done.
That was true of me for sure in those years. I was busy busy busy, but could also get the job done.
Fast forward 45 years.
I’m still busy, but in an entirely different way and not nearly as fast paced as those original years.
I hit a road block this week due to what the doctor says was the flu.
I’m not 100% sure I think it was the flu, but it certainly did wipe me out.
I’m still feeling the effects.
The thing that amazed me however was the phone calls that came in to bring my family a dinner or did I need anything…could they do something for me.
The truth is…these phone calls…they came from the least likely people I would think of. They are so busy dealing with their own “load” of issues.
One has chronic illnesses that she deals with every day of her life!
And yet…they offered…to care for me.
I was so very humbled and so very touched and so very loved at the mere suggestions of helping.
Where does this compassion come from? Where does this unselfishness come from?
We live in a busy world with a lot of “me, me, me”.
I remember more than once during my teaching years counseling families that had a child with “special needs”. Sometimes the parents felt guilty or worried about their other children. Were they shorting them out of something in life because they were so busy with this child that needed so much more at the time.
I remember clearly telling them “no”.
Hands down, when I taught a child who had a sibling that was ill for the long term or had special needs that needed dealt with…
It was those children in my classroom that exemplified compassion to others. They were loving and kind beyond the other children their same age.
God uses everything.
He uses our hurts and our losses (be it health, money, life, etc) and He enables us to then reach out to others and feel their needs.
He desires to use each of us to be His hands and His feet to bless others.
Thank you so those who reached out this week.
I was very very touched.
Your actions speak louder than any words. You care. In the midst of your suffering, you care. You act. You pray.
May God Bless You
And May He remind me often to lay my busyness aside to truly care about someone He puts on my heart.
“not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others”
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”