I was watching the triathlon World Series on TV yesterday after seeing a clip on my Facebook feed. When I was watching I saw Alistair carrying his brother over the line and it sparked up my emotions. You can watch the footage and them talking about it here. Today was going to be a post on isolation for stay at home parents, I’ll post it next week. Something that I’ve been thinking about while writing my post on isolation is how we can help each other. So, from their unique act of kindness I was inspired to write this post.
Help Me to Help You
How often have you struggled alone? So often I find myself stuck in a difficult situation and don’t tell anyone. Maybe it stems from that stereotype of men not wanting to ask for directions. We should be asking for help as our first port of call when faced with insurmountable odds. Whether that’s family, friends, neighbours or in prayer. It can be very difficult to identify someone is struggling. A classic sign is saying ‘I’m fine’ when someone asks how your feeling. Quite often until we ask for help we won’t receive it. Recently I turned the big 3-0 and received many birthday wishes. However, it felt kind of empty and I got rather downhearted over the weekend. I didn’t communicate this effectively to my wife, who just thought I was being grumpy. It wasn’t until I spoke to her that she realised what was the matter.
Let’s Lend a Hand
Now we’ve asked for help it’s time to answer the inevitable question: ‘What can I do for you?’. Sometimes all we need is someone to share the problem with. However, we may need physical assistance, just like Jonny as he stumbled 200m from the finish line. It can be hard sharing some issues, finding the right person to share it with is important. Equally it may be us that has to listen and doing so in love, without judgement, is the way forward. Now it may be that physical assistance is necessary, this could range from a simple touch to offering material things. However, just offering a hug can make a big difference, it does for me anyway! I was very glad to have my wife remind me last week of keeping calm when dealing with after school blues. Maybe I need to keep my own advice in mind!
I hope you have enjoyed this post. A little question to comment on is: ‘if everyone truly loved one another what would the world be like?’. Who might you help this week?
Finally a Bible passage I’ll be reflecting on this week which speaks on prayer:
‘Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’ Jeremiah 29:12-13