It always feels good to receive good things, doesn’t it? Help with some hard things, hugs, money, wise counsel, birthday presents, etc. are all exciting things to get.
But have you ever experienced the joy of giving those things?
Giving someone money isn’t always the easiest thing financially, but seeing their joy when they are able to buy something they need or maybe just want is priceless.
Giving (and receiving) wise counsel bonds you with the person on the other end. I received some amazing advice this summer from a friend I trusted, and I gave some good (I hope) advice to a couple different campers. When you have serious talks about serious things that directly relate to someone’s life, you get to learn more about the person’s heart and thought process, bonding you with them in a very unique way.
When I need help, I don’t struggle with letting people help me because I think I’ll look stupid. Instead, I freely accept their assistance and thank them profusely for their help while smiling hugely because I did need the help! I often want to become better friends with those who go out of their way to help me, especially if I don’t know them very well.
But giving help is something I’m not very good at, simply because I don’t see the opportunities around me easily. Some people have a gift of sensitivity to the needs of others around them, but I really have to work at it. So, usually, by the time I realize someone needed help, someone else has already taken care of it. But, the few times that I’ve been able to help someone by carrying something for them, opening a door, explaining a math problem to them, etc., it has been extremely rewarding to hear them thank me or see them smile. Doing or saying something that brightens at least one person’s day a day is a goal I read somewhere that I really try to strive for. Being the light, you know?
I hope this inspires you to get out of your comfort zone and give something to someone, whether it be your time, effort, money, or kind words. 🙂