When we first moved into our neighborhood many years ago we were the youngest couple here. That has changed over the years, and seeing older neighbors die and move on to be with the Lord reminded me in my youth just how quickly time flies and circumstances change.
I had one neighbor who was bound to a wheelchair. He was a tall guy back when he could stand up, and solidly built. Sometimes he would fall out of his wheelchair, and his wife would come over and ask me to help him back up again. I was younger and stronger then, and did not at all mind helping him back into his wheelchair.
As I would lift my friend back into his chair, often I would think to myself: I hope there is someone to pick me up if I ever get into a situation like this. It is hard to imagine being stuck on the cold floor, helpless and unable to pick yourself up.
We have many opportunities to “pick people up off of the floor”. They may have fallen spiritually, emotionally, or be struggling under the weight of various afflictions. They need help, even if it is just an encouraging word, planting a bit of hope into their life. Any kind act can help to pick up another person who is about to fall or is struggling to get up from a bad fall.
I’m convinced that one of our main tasks in life is to help each other. It seems there is so much arguing, politics, and general foolishness when it comes to interacting with others, but what really blesses people is to help, and be helped, to be willing to accept and give help to others.
This world can be a hard place, let’s make it better by lifting each other up.
Prayer: Dear Lord, when we have fallen, please send others to pick us up. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. The Lord has blessed him in his afflictions, and has sent people to lift him up.
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Question: Do you feel blessed when you can lift others up? Are you relieved when people come to your aid in difficult times?