Last night started out like most nights. I got home from work and helped my husband with some chores. Tired from the day’s events, we ordered out instead of concocting a meal at home like we usually do. We settled in to enjoy our dinner and relax. And two things happened.
My middle son texted me, asking me to run an errand for him while he was at work. Knowing he’s been working really hard, I was delighted to be able to help. Then a stranger showed up at my front door wanting milk for her 2-year-old. Our neighbor across the street, whom she had been visiting, sent her our way since he didn’t have milk at his house. Again, I was glad to help.
Interestingly enough, If neither person had asked me for assistance, I wouldn’t have known of their need. Once their request was brought to my attention, I had a choice to fulfill it or to say no. Opting to say yes did something inside me. My heart leaped. The ability to bless someone lifted my spirits.
I was reminded of the importance of humanity. After all, isn’t that what life’s really all about: helping those around us? We’re all in this thing together. You’ve likely heard the saying, “No man is an island.” It’s quite true. We need each other.
Yet how often am I too afraid or proud or independent to ask others for help? When I’m like that, I could be robbing those around me of a blessing. Just as my son and a stranger had the willingness to ask in their time of need, I should do the same.
I’m thankful for the times others have blessed me. And I’m thankful I was able to be a blessing and pay it forward.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"