Investing in others ~ by susan werthem

When I was a little girl, my mom had a “Christmas Account” with the bank. She would deposit a small amount of money each week into this account.

Little by little it grew. Not to anything huge, but it grew. This was the money she used for Christmas each year.

She made a small weekly investment.

This past month someone that has worked at my place of employment for years had major surgery. A very nice lady that is loved and respected by all. Over the years she has invested into the lives of those people who surround her daily. She has made daily deposits in their lives…making a difference.

She just returned home from the hospital.

And what are her colleagues doing? Bringing her dinner. YES, people still do that!!

(However, I doubt any of their dishes looked like this outrageous dessert we had in California earlier this year!)

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Dessert at Mi Piace Pasadena, CA

 

What a wonderful way to show compassion! As busy as we all are now a days, taking the time out of one’s busy schedule to plan a meal for someone else, buy it, prepare it, and deliver it…truly a humble act of mercy.

In 2 Corinthians 1: 3&4, Paul and Timothy remind the Corinthians how great God is; how He shows us mercy.

“What a wonderful God we have—He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does He do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us.”

WOW! Isn’t that beautiful? As we face hardships, drama, etc., we can rejoice knowing He will comfort us…AND we in turn can comfort others.

As I face DRAMA…TRIALS…I have to say Thank You, GOD…I know you are going to walk with me and in the future I will have the privilege to help someone else out that is in a similar situation.

I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel like there must be a boatload of people out there waiting for me to finish my drama so I can help! LOL

But seriously, daily I see Him putting people in my life that I can comfort or help. Sometimes on a BIG scale and sometimes on a very small scale.

Last week at work a young lady expressed anxiety over a class she is taking…Speech. She did not do so well on her last speech and was fearful about how she would do on her presentation this week. I told her to involve the audience, ask them questions, look them right in the face and engage them…invest in them. Since they are taking the time to listen, make it purposeful and worthy.

Yesterday she told me her professor was impressed with her presentation!! She did everything I suggested. She felt confident.

I did a happy dance!

Was this a huge thing I did? No, but to her it was at that moment. I probably spent no more than 5-6 minutes with her.

It was funny how the conversation even started. I said, “Hi, how are you?” Her response was, “Fine. How are you?”

I laughed and said to her, “How many time do we have that same exchange with people day after day?”

I went on to tell her how in Nursing School my psych instructor would have this same conversation on the elevator, but then would stop, look the person straight in the eye and ask, “Seriously, HOW are you?”

One felt she really cared. We all know how short an elevator ride is, but somehow her engagement always opened up that person…they would smile or frown, but would give her a real answer. “Well, now that you asked, not so good.” Or “As a matter of fact I just got some good news.” Or they may have received bad news…as you see the year was 1975 and we were in the Veteran’s Hospital in Gainesville, FL.

She made a difference. She invested a moment in time with each of these people.

After I told that story, we laughed and I started to walk out of the break-room. Then I stopped, turned and asked, “Seriously, HOW are you?”

That is when she shared her concern over giving her next speech. If I had not asked…who knows what her grade would have been.

Who have you invested in this week?

INVEST in your friends, your family, your co-workers, your neighbors. Be the person they need, comfort them when they are in need. They will be blessed and so will you.

“When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow.” (Romans 12:15 TLB)

 

Blessings, Susan

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