by Sandy Kirby Quandt
(This post was written the week before Hurricane Harvey descended on our area of Texas and delivered several feet of rain. 🙂 )
Once again, our area has been under an extreme heat advisory for multiple days running. Hot. Unhealthy. Miserable. No rain. Little relief.
With the heat comes wilted grass, plants, flowers and shrubs. Not to mention people. Even outdoor-loving Baxter has his limits for how long he will stay outside.
I am always amazed at what a little water does to revive plants that are in desperate need of watering. They are wilted to the point of looking as if they will not survive, then bounce back to face the extreme heat of another day.
As I watered our pineapple sage and watched the leaves spring back to life, I thought of how our words and actions could be the soothing, much needed water for those we meet in our everyday lives. Those facing extreme heat in their lives who need to be revived.
Think back to when the right words or gestures came to your dry and thirsty soul. Wouldn’t you like to do the same for someone else?
It really doesn’t take much to lift someone up. We only need to open our eyes and ears to those around us. Sometimes that may mean closing our mouths to listen.
Is the fast food attendant wiping the counter where you’re filling your soda cup? Tell them they sure are making that stainless steel shine.
Cashier at the store seem a little frazzled? Be pleasant. Tell her thank you when she’s done.
Mother of screaming toddler in a public place? Say a prayer for her, and mean it.
Of course, opportunities to build up our family members and close friends abound.
Do something nice for them, without being asked. Offer to help with something you know they are struggling with.
Encourage their efforts. Applaud their successes. Comfort them when they are distressed. Give a needed hug. A listening ear. Pray.
Is there someone around you who could use a comforting word? A kind gesture? An affirmation that they’re doing a good job? Step out. Open the faucet. Be that gentle shower on a dry and thirsty land. Make a difference in someone’s life.
Just like water on drought stricken plants, your kind words and gestures will bring relief to those facing the extreme heat of their lives in your sphere of influence.
What do you do to build up one another? What have others done to build you up?
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So encourage each other and give each other strength, just as you are doing now. I Thessalonians 5:11 (NCV)
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