Some people might consider me a religious mystic. Other may think I tend to be a bit of a fanatic. I do plead guilty to believing in the power of prayer and believing God answers prayer. On a recent morning I was talking to God – praying, if you please. I was asking His guidance in how I should spend my day. With time available and the absence of a restrictive schedule, I was inquiring about what I could do that would be pleasing to Him.
In a matter of moments, the words of a hymn began to run through in my mind. I believe the words came too quickly and were too connected to my prayer request to be a coincidence. The hymn was an old one that I remembered from my youth. I had not thought of the song for decades, but there it was. To me it was God’s clear answer to my petition:
Look all around you, find someone in need, Help somebody today!
Though it be little—a neighborly deed—Help somebody today!
Many are waiting a kind, loving word, Help somebody today!
You have a message, oh, let it be heard, Help somebody today!
Many have burdens too heavy to bear, Help somebody today!
Grief is the portion of some everywhere, Help somebody today!
Some are discouraged and weary in heart, Help somebody today!
Someone the journey to heaven should start, Help somebody today!
(Carrie E. Breck, 1904)
Sensing God’s answer, I embraced the day. What a glorious day it was! I was privileged to do some small acts of kindness. Oh, what joy came to my heart. I look forward to more wonderful days to come. Friends, we may not be able to do some great noteworthy tasks, but it is certainly within our capabilities to speak a kind word, help bear a burden, or take a friend a donut. An understanding smile or a hand on a shoulder stooped by a heavy load is something any of us can do. It may be little more than to listen with compassion to a troubled heart or perhaps utter a simple prayer of encouragement that truly helps somebody.
On that special day mentioned above, I experienced a great blessing. I reaffirmed, to my joy, the truth of a wonderful verse of scripture: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap” (Luke 6:38, NIV). I encourage you to ‘help somebody today’. Three will benefit:
- The person you reached out to will be helped and encouraged.
- You can experience the joy of helping. As noted in the above scripture, blessing “will be poured into your lap”.
- The Lord will be pleased. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40, NIV).
Prayer: Lord, help us to be sensitive to those around us that we could help. May we be willingness to do so. May we see people around us through your eyes.
~ Brother Roy