Is There Anything I Can Do?

Summer is a great time to bless other people.

In the summer people generally need more help because of the growing season. The good news is we generally have more time to help because of school being out and the longer days.

Could I encourage you to find someone to help this summer? Doing so would be such a blessing to you and to the person you help. Jesus told us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. When we give we also get, but we get in greater degree than we give. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the  measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).

Could I also encourage you to help your children and grandchildren learn to help others? What better way for them to learn than to learn by doing? We learn from one another, and we learn best what we see other people do. As our children see us–and help us–help others, they will receive the joy of giving as well.

Could I encourage one more thing? Instead of asking, “Is there anything I can do?” find something obvious and ask if you could take care of that for them. That might include running errands. Many people who are care givers can’t run simple errands. If appropriate–everything must be done appropriately and with sensitivity–you might sit with a person or take care of outside areas of the house.

How many times have I asked, “Is there anything I do?” when I should have proposed something and  asked, “May I do that for you?”

When we do, we will receive a good measure, shaken down and running over, and a wonderful blessing as well.

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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