During the busyness of last week, did you have opportunities to make someone’s life a little easier? Did you try to be consciously aware of the people around you and, more specifically, notice if they seemed to be struggling? This is something that we can be helping others with on a regular and on-going basis. It will mean asking God to reveal to us who may be having a difficult time, and then determining a way to “co-suffer” with them.
God states in His Word, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” (Proverbs 3:27)
Although this time of COVID-19 may not be the right time to be giving raises if your business is struggling, there will be other things you can do to help someone you notice is struggling mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritually. It may mean giving them a little time off, changing their job demands for a while, or a word of encouragement. God has said we are not to withhold good from whom it is due when we can do something about it. Consider the role you have, consider who is struggling and ask God for wisdom on what you can do.
As I thought I would be focusing specifically on people at my workplace (and I was) God also impressed upon me the importance of checking in with other people in my life. Some people may not ever give an indication they are struggling. However, if you know someone who has been working from home for the last 7 months, there is likely some struggling as that is a long time. This week, give them a call or send them an email to ask them how they are doing.
Therefore, regularly ask God to help you in your ability to co-suffer with others. See how God will be glorified as you bless others.
Monday: Contact someone you know has been working from home since COVID-19. Send an email or text or better yet, call. Pray for them.
Tuesday: Contact your Pastor/Minister and ask him or her how they are doing. Pray for them.
Wednesday: Ask your colleague, boss, or employee how they are doing and if there is something you can do to help them out. Pray for them.
Thursday: Take extra time with some of the special people in your life to do something fun. Sometimes, being compassionate can mean helping someone have a break from an intense situation. And, remember to pray for them!
Friday: Sometimes, we may directly help someone who is suffering. However, we can sometimes “indirectly” help as well. If you know of someone who appears to be doing well (but is struggling because of the pressure of caring for an unwell family member), send them a message to ask how they are doing and if there is anything you can do for them. Pray for them.
Have a great week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work