Why It’s Important to Lend A Hand to Others
The people that cross our path may be strangers, family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, or people from foreign lands. They can be old or young, nearby or far away.
Think back to a time when you helped someone, whether it was smiling at someone as you walk by them, holding the door open for someone, raking your elderly neighbor’s leaves, cooking a meal for someone in need, or simply sitting with someone to listen as they shared their burdens. While you were doing it and afterward, how did you feel? I am going to make a safe bet it filled you with a feeling of joy that well up within you and may have made your own burdens feel a bit lighter.
The sure way to experience an increase in inner peace and joy is by Lending A Hand to help others. Lending A Hand to someone in need is not only good for the person receiving the help and a good thing to do, it also helps us achieve a deeper sense of joy in our own lives. Our creator, God, made us for relationship. He made us to be connected. Lending A Hand connects us to others, builds relationships, and strengthens communities. And it’s not all about money – we can also give our time, ideas and energy.
The following quotes say it very well:
“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.” ― Leo Buscaglia
“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” ― Jana Stanfield
Lending A Hand to help others doesn’t just make our heart feel good. Studies have shown that there are mental and physical health benefits to lending a helping hand, like reducing depression, lowering blood pressure and lengthening our lifespan.
Lending A Hand and putting other people’s needs before our own also strengthens our relationships. It connects us with the one we’re helping, and if that someone is someone we know, it creates a stronger bond with them.
Lending A Hand and putting the needs of others before our own enriches the lives of those receiving help, but other people as well – including those closest to us. Taking time out of our busy day to do simple acts of kindness, such as bringing a friend a bowl of soup when they’re sick makes them feel better and can uplift them during their rough time. And perhaps the best benefit of Lending A Hand is the chance that person we are helping will pay it forward. If we choose to Lend A Hand to help someone, they’re more likely to pay it forward by doing something nice for someone else that day. One act of kindness can have a major domino effect.
Take action! Make Lending A Hand to help others a priority.
Romans 15:1-2 MSG Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”
Most people think, “I don’t have time to Lend a Hand someone today.” Yes, we’re all busy. Between school, work, family obligations, and a few minutes here and there for “me” time it can be challenging but, we can find the time. We simply need to prioritize what’s really important.
The most important thing for us to do – simply love. God loves us, and He wants us to love everyone. Galations 5:13 tells us “by love serve one another.” We can help someone by simply expressing love. A hug, a compliment or lending a listening ear are all small ways we can show love to someone; ways that mean more to that person than you may ever know.
Lending A Hand is one of the easiest things we can do to make a difference in this world. We can improve the world, one day, one person and one act of kindness at a time.
So, ask yourself, “How can I help?” Make determinations about what you can do. Then act! The world will be a better place because you chose to Lend A Hand to someone in need!