There are many people who live without companionship and friendship in their lives. Some folks suffer and die alone without someone to be there for them in their final moments. I don’t think it has to be that way. Each of us has the power and responsibility to help people who are in need of a hand to hold or arms that can hug. Jesus taught a parable about the Good Samaritan where a man on the side of the road got help from another man who belonged to a group of people he didn’t like. Sometimes it requires making ourselves available to be there for others. It might not be the most pleasant experience but it means you can impact the life of someone who needs someone like you. No one should go through this life alone.
Today was my first shift at Family Promise, a local non-profit that works with families in crisis and transition. I was a receptionist today and I enjoyed answering phones and welcoming people who are families in residence. I will also be doing some social media for the organization too.
These families have a day center where they hang out with their kids, do laundry, prepare meals and more. At night they relocate to area houses of worship to have dinner, fellowship and get a good nights rest.
In just one afternoon I have learned to appreciate the stability of my life and the roof over my head. Homeless families deal face uncertainty. Their lives are spent looking for work, taking care of their kids and trying to have the most normal life they can. Many of these folks don’t have cell phones so taking care of business can be challenging.
I pray for these folks. They have it rough at times. But with the help of God, area houses of worship, the staff and volunteers of Family Promise their future looks better.
Some folks are over-committed and over-scheduled. Asking for help and getting it is hard these days. Some folks don’t know when to say no and mean it. I am a person who says yes to a lot of people and then I have given myself away. There are situations where people have mad at me for not honoring my word.
When you give yourself to the core you have nothing left for yourself. Its good to be honest with yourself and others when you can’t do for others. Don’t be taken for granted or advantage of. Prioritizing who you help with those who are closest to you is a good rule of thumb.
Be good to yourself and then you can be good to others.