Throughout September, our contributors are sharing their thoughts on the fruits of the Spirit.
It was 8:30 on a Saturday morning in August, and it was already hot. Thankfully there was a break in the rain. I was joining several others to help a church family who is selling their house move boxes and furniture to storage. Both members of the family were physically unable to do the work since one had a leg in a brace and the other had not been able to work for several months due to leg and arm injuries. They needed help.
So our small group of seven men, ranging in age from 24 to 72, gathered at the home. There were two people in our group I did not know, so I got to meet them. First we consulted with the homeowners on which items were ready to be loaded, which ones needed to be boxed, wrapped, etc. The homeowners provided donuts, kolaches, and water. Their dogs were happy to see us. So we dallied for a while before we got started. It was a time of good fellowship. I was ready to get going, but those little snippets of time represent some of the really great things about doing this kind of service: meeting the people you’re serving, sharing idle chitchat, and just taking the time becoming comfortable with each other.
I was there mainly because I have a truck. I am toward the upper end of the group’s age range, so I have to be somewhat careful about how much actual “work” I do (I quite often use this as an excuse). But I ended up loading a lot of boxes with the help of a hand truck and other people. We had several trucks, so once they were loaded, we headed to the storage unit. We ended up making two trips before the morning was over and didn’t break anything, as far as I know.
Helping others, showing acts of kindness, certainly includes the times when you visit the sick, run errands for someone who is unable, or even when you just offer your umbrella to someone on a rainy day. Those are usually the kinds of things we think of when we think of acts of kindness, and, for sure, they are the kinds of things we can all do on a daily basis, if we just keep our eyes and ears open for the opportunity.
Our group was also doing an act of kindness by helping others, but it was more of an intentional effort, not of the opportunistic sort. We need both kinds.
I’m sure you have heard that people involved in helping others always say they got more out of it than they expected and their lives were changed in ways they would not have imagined. I can tell you that is true from my own experiences.
Written by Cecil
The 12:12 Project is sponsored by Katy First United Methodist Church.