The Subtle Power of Help

Every so often I visit my wife’s kindergarten class and every time I am amazed. Yes, at how wonderful a teacher Kristi is (and so beautiful!! I know I have a crush on this teacher), but also how well-organized and well-run and well-managed her classroom is. She runs a tough but loving environment where kids can’t help but learn. I mean we are talking kindergarteners! You know those ever-so-cute yet a little wild kids that are being thrust into the formal educational system and have a lot to learn! Some just barley know how to tie their shoes let alone figure out the lunch line. But in Mrs. McKay’s class (as with all those amazing kinder teachers) the kids learn it all and are pros in just a few weeks.

While spending time in Kristi’s class I enjoy talking to the kids and having fun interacting with them. But as I have spent time with these amazing kids, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon. Every time I have visited Kristi’s class I have observed this fascinating occurrence, multiple times. These incidences have an indirect impact that even challenges my faith.

The phenomenon I am talking about is when Kristi asks for a helper or when it’s someone’s turn to be ‘the helper of the day”. Sure these kids get to be a bit of true assistance as they clean up the toys, collect papers, and pass out materials, but that’s not the indirect impact I am talking about. Sure these ways of aiding train and teach kids that being helpful is good and ‘many hands make light work,’ but again that’s not the phenomenon I am talking about.

What I noticed was how powerful these opportunities to help were to these kids. When kids help they see that they are part of a purpose and plan. When kids help they see their skills are useful. When kids help they see that they can be useful to the benefit of others. When kids help you can see they feel more confidant, more competent, work better in a group, and you can even see they feel better about themselves. There is a subtle power of help!

As I thought about this incredible phenomenon some Bible verses came to mind:

Proverbs 3:27-28 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”– when you now have it with you.

When you have the ability to help, why not?

Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

We should be helping others. When Jesus was questioned in Luke 10:25 as to what is really important in life, Jesus said love God and love others (Luke 10:27). Then to clarify what it means to ‘love your neighbor’ Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) basically saying, help people!

So yes, we are asked and actually required to help others, but the subtle power is still at work where we are part of God’s purposes, our skills are used, we can actually make someone’s day when we help, and our confidence is built as well as feeling more competent, we become more social and even feel better about ourselves. There is a subtle power of help that is not just for kids.

Honestly God has called all of us to be a ‘helper of the day’ each and every day. So the question is, how will you help today? How will help a coworker, a friend, a family member, a neighbor, your city, your church, your community, maybe even a stranger? (By the way, when you read the word ‘hospitality’ in your bible, it means being kind to strangers.) So how will you be a helper today? And as you help you will experience that subtle power at work in you! Why not try?

Seeking to tap into the subtle power of help with you today,

Mike

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