“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all there as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
Serving in youth ministry, I have witnessed first-hand the power of showing up for people. When we come out to cheer for them at their game, competition, or performance, it means something and matters so much to their maturing hearts. It’s important to encourage each other. Showing up for someone can change a life.
Remembering each other’s milestones is important in adult friendships. When my friend showed up with signs on race day to cheer me on in my first half-marathon, I was so touched and encouraged. She went out of her way, in her busy life, just to love and encourage me. Runners cheer for each other, regardless of what team they are on. We’re all out there to do our personal best, but we know we can’t do it without each other. Better runners push us to our best. And when we slow to help a struggling runner, the heart of the sport is put center stage. Be intentional about cheering people on. Be a fan of people …like Jesus. It changes lives!
8. Return a Cart
It had begun to snow, and I saw her bright yellow car in the handicapped space out of the corner of my eye. I had to push my cart pretty hard to get it through the snow, and so after I unloaded and returned it, I rushed back over to her car. “I’ll return your cart for you!” I said. When we take time to help people, it has the power to change someone’s life.
Share a front porch conversation with neighbors. Shovel the neighbor's driveway of snow. Rake their leaves. Get their mail. Pull up their trash cans on garbage day. Hold the door open. Save the elevator for the person rushing to catch it. We never know how big these seemingly small actions will be to the people who receive them. But God knows that small acts of faith have the power to change someone’s life.
When we help someone with the right state of mind, it not only has the power to change their life …but ours, too. Small acts of faith have the power to change someone’s life, but they also change ours in the process. If we do these things out of a heart of love, Christ’s love shines through us. And when Christ’s love shines upon people, lives change.
Meg Bucher writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as an author, freelance writer and blogger at Sunny&80. Her first book, “Friends with Everyone,” is available on amazon.com. She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University, but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters. Besides writing, she leads a Bible Study for Women and serves as a Youth Ministry leader in her community. She lives in Northern Ohio with her husband, Jim, and two daughters.