“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Some days are just busier than others. The day never really goes the way it was planned. My plan this morning was to drop my oldest son at daycare and then head to a friend’s house for a play date. Her kids didn’t have school today so it was a perfect day to burn some child energy!
Well, I was an hour late and arrived only to find out my friend had hurt her back. She was hobbling around carrying her toddler and I could see the pain on her face. The laundry needed to be done. There were dishes to wash and she could hardly move. I know how she was feeling. A messy house makes everything seem overwhelming.
So I told her to tell me what to do and of course the response was, “I’ll get to it … you just visit.” She says this as she attempts to bend down to pick up some toys that have made their way into the hallway. But as she attempted it, she also cried out in pain. So I started the laundry, washed the dishes, and sat with her over a cup of tea. Before I knew it, I had folded some clothes, made lunch for everyone and watched the kids. I listened to her tell me over and over again that I didn’t need to do it because she could get to it tomorrow once her back was feeling better.
I’ve been there. I fell down the stairs three months ago and everything hurt. I remember coming home and having so much to do with my three toddler kids that everything became a struggle. I also remember the day when this same friend came over to my house and started sweeping. She also dried little eyes for me, changed a diaper, and did a bunch of other things I couldn’t possibly do. Another day, she showed up at my house when she knew I would have just arrived home after grocery shopping and carried all my bags in.
She knew I could do it. I knew I could do it. Today we both realized that she could have managed her way through it too. This is life, and yes, it is life that we manage. From the best to the worst situation, people have a way of coping with the unknown. Some days we handle it better than others though.
Then there are days like today. Days that are – well — difficult. The unknown happens and the day gets off track, stuff piles up and all of a sudden we don’t know where to start. It’s easy at that moment to become discouraged and sometimes incredibly hard to see a way out. It’s at those moments that we have an opportunity to make a difference. It’s called love. No word holds a greater meaning in this world than that one.
Today, I got to show love back to a friend for all those times she showed love to me. Throughout our friendship, we continuously pick each other up. I got her back and she has mine. Whether it is through sending a text, dropping off a Tim’s tea to the other, arranging a play date for children, or when the occasion aligns that we both don’t have kids, we actually can converse. Those moments that someone shows me love are the ones that get me through each day.
If you have shown love today, maybe in a big way or a small way, know that it was appreciated. Know that you made a positive difference in someone’s day and best of all, know that you made the King of kings proud. If someone performed a kind gesture for you this day, or you received a “pay it forward” just say thank you and accept someone’s kindness. There are two steps to loving — someone has to give and someone has to receive. There is a blessing in both.