When we see others struggling, we want to help but don’t always know how. You may know someone who is struggling with a newfound illness. Cancer diagnosis. A death of a loved one. A mom of 6 kids struggling to keep her head afloat (me maybe?!)
Here’s some things we can do:
- Text or call to ask that person how they are doing. Most people will say, “I am fine.” But really aren’t. Take the time to start the conversation and see where it leads. Really listen and you may find out what you can do to help. It might even be just a listening ear!
- Drop off some goodies/care package. For me, it was the little things. You don’t always have to talk to that person. You may be too busy at the time, and so is the person on the receiving end. Sometimes dropping off a plate of cookies can mean so much for that person.
Now what works for some, doesn’t work for others! Everyone is different. Not everyone will ask for help. Not everyone wants help. Give them space if they need. Just make sure you can still check in every once and a while.
I, for one, don’t like to ask for help. I don’t ever want to feel like I am burdening someone else’s life. Is that pride? I don’t know. I do know that I need to let others help me. There are people out there that truly want to help and don’t mind at all.
What if we don’t know how to help? The most important thing that has helped me in my life is is to seek answers from Heavenly Father. He knows what others needs are, and he knows how much you can give. It’s those answers that you need to be mindful of. Pray wholeheartedly what you can do for others. Be specific. Ask how you can help your friend who is struggling with something. We won’t know how to solve everyone’s problems, nor do we need to, but we can help our fellow neighbor, friend, or family member along the way.