Today's Devotional Thought
October 13, 2010 by Rachel Piferi
Being a woman is hard. At every stage of life, it seems like people need you for various things and sometimes, you just can’t meet everyone’s needs. Whether it be due to time constraints, financial constraints, or emotional constraints, sometimes you just can’t meet everyone’s needs. And, if you are anything like me, you sometimes feel like you are failing everyone around you.
So, what do you do when you feel like you are letting down everyone you care about?
Be honest and love them!
Let me share with you something that I have learned through numerous misunderstandings with others who were in need and feel like I may have failed them. So many times, it seems that we notice a need in another person, but we don’t quite know what to do to help them. Or perhaps we don’t know what to say or we don’t really have the resources (time, money, information) to help them. And what ends up happening is that we don’t do or say anything to the other person about the situation. We know in our minds that we noticed what was happening in their life and we cared that it was happening, but because we didn’t have a solution, we couldn’t (and didn’t) do anything about it.
While we know all of that in our minds and hearts, how does it look to the person in need? It looks like we didn’t notice them, care about them, or do anything to help them. And it looks like this because they can’t read our minds; they can only see our actions.
The next time you notice someone around you who needs your help, but you can’t help them due to time or other restrictions, then I suggest that you be honest and love them! Tell them that you don’t know how to help or that you don’t have the resources that you need to help them. And acknowledge the pain or struggle that they are going through and offer to pray for them. Love them by noticing their pain and be intentional in letting others know that you do notice them, even if you don’t have the resources to help them.
Helping others takes many forms and sometimes it merely involves acknowledging someone else’s pain, praying for them, and loving them enough to tell them that you don’t have the resources to help.