This past week I have been thinking about what it means to help and the many ways to help people because my youth minister challenged to show god's love through helping. The way you help someone can be big or small but sometimes the smallest things help more than the big. We all know the basic ways of helping but have you ever thought about how acknowledgment and creating conversation is a form of helping?
Probably the simplest way of helping yet the hardest is acknowledging people for who they are. If you acknowledge someone in the hallway or anywhere you're giving them a recognition that they are important and that they exist. A small example of this could be seeing someone in the hallway and just waving to them or saying hi. There's also a way to use acknowledgment as being helpful on a large scale. When you see someone on the corner of the street with a sign asking for money we often ignore them but if you gave a moment to them and smiled even if you don't give them money you're still showing them by your body language that you care about them. Acknowledgement is a form of helping because it helps people feel cared about.
Another way to help people is simply by talking to them. Conversations are a big way that people connect each other and get help with their struggles. Personally conversations have helped me immensely. For example when my grandpa passed away last year my group leaders from camp came to see me and we had about an hour long conversation . Without that conversation the situation would have been really difficult to get through. Also this summer I was able to have another serious conversation about my struggles with the same counselor. Having someone to talk to in your life that will support you no matter what is very important and life changing. Its also helpful to have someone by your side to talk to because sometimes they have been through the same experience and have good advice. Conversations are very powerful and can start off with a simple hi. When you see someone in the hall having a good or bad day just by saying "hi how are you ?" Can be a huge help to them because it invites them to have a conversation with you if they choose to.
Another way you can help people is by including people so that no one is ever left out. Asking someone to join your lunch table or sit by you in class can have a huge impact on someone's life because they might be in a place in their life when they have no one to talk to and no one to hang out with. Inlcuding people is also important because every needs someone to encourage them and someone to have fun with.
The more common way of helping people includes holding the door open for people, or picking up someone's books in the hall. When we help in this way we often do it when people are watching so we can make a good impression on them. However there are ways you can help without being noticed. For example if someone is about to pull out of a parking lot and there's a cart in the way that they don't notice you can move the cart so they don't hit it. Even though the person may not know you moved the cart you are still helping them.
Other common ways to help people include assisting people with their homework, sharing, assisting them with any tasks they can't achieve be themselves and so much more. There are a lot more ways you can help people and hopefully this has an eye openener to new ways ti help people.