If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;
notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body;
what doth it profit?
Have ever met someone you knew needed help but you didn’t know how you could help them? Many times I have been caught in this situation and then out of a confusion of what to actually do, I walk away doing nothing and usually saying something like, “If you ever need something give me a call.” or “I’m always here for you if you ever want help.” or even “Let me know if I can even do anything for you.” The gestures were kind, but I always walk away wishing I had actually done something.
While thinking about this, a scripture, James 1:22 came to mind, “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only”
What was a doer and how could I become one?
I once had a friend who never passed up an opportunity to DO. He never said the above statements, instead he just went and ‘did’
One night I was with my friend eating at a near-by restaurant. The eatery was quite large and on this particular evening it was filled with many people eating. About half way though our meal an older gentleman walked in the door on the opposite side of the restaurant and tripped and fell to the ground. Everyone looked in his direction, the restaurant fell silent. Without the slightest hesitation my friend jumped up, flew across the room, and assisted the man back to his feet. It all happened so quickly. My friend had gotten up so fast that he knocked his plate in the air causing his food to be tossed all over the ground. Just like that, in an instant, he was there to help. I watched in awe at his determination to instantly DO. There was no debate in his head of “if” he was going to do something, or even pause to see if someone else, maybe closer to the man, would offer help. He immediately went and ‘did’.
My friend lived a life full of service. At his funeral everyone talked about this amazing quality he had…how he always just went and did.
In Matthew 14 we learn another valuable lesson about helping others quickly. Peter, after seeing the Savior walking on water, heeds His invitation to, “come down out of the ship…” You remember how, shortly after Peter began to walk on the water, fear overtook him and he began to sink. I believe the next verse teaches us one of the most powerful lessons about helping our fellowman, it reads, “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught him.” (Matthew 14)
Rendering service to our fellow man can be challenging, especially when we do not know what to do or how to help.
From these two examples, I have learned that immediately helping others can often help us know how to help. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but just start. Even if you don’t know what to do. The Lord will bless us to know what to do if we just start. Simply reaching out can often be the solution of our not knowing what to do.
Insight and inspiration
Matthew 14: 29-31
Lao-Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Today, take that first step in helping someone in need.