As you know, I’ve had babies. Five times. And whether you’ve had one, or five, or maybe even none but have ever gotten sick to the point that you’re bedridden for at least a few days, then you know what it’s like to be trying to figure out how to care for your household when you can’t DO anything.
The very best thing, the biggest help I ever had, was having friends bring over prepared meals for my family. Just knowing that we had dinner already done took a huge weight off my mind, and I will always seek to do the same type of thing for others when the need arises.
I recently received some sad news of a friend passing away. Another friend was coordinating help for the family, and what I saw was an amazing tool that I know will come in handy for so many people. It’s called Take Them a Meal. It’s a scheduling tool for coordinating meals for any family. I was glad to see such a thing, and know that it would have come in handy; I’m sure I’ll find a way to utilize it in the future.
And then I got to thinking. If having meals brought was such a tremendous help when I was sick, or after I’d had a baby….why not share that kind of help other times? I don’t know about you, but I would LOVE to have a dinner brought to us even on a regular old normal day, just to make my life easier. And if I feel that way, then others must also.
I often wonder what I can do to give a gift or bless others, when my resources are limited. Well, this is something that I can do. Despite my lack of time or money, I know that I can make double or triple batches of something that I am already making, to give to a friend. (I also recommend freezing for your own use later on).
With this in mind, I decided to make a double batch of challah dough this morning. The dough was so big as it rose that it went above the rim of my largest mixing bowl! And I’m off in a few minutes to deliver a freshly baked whole wheat challah to a neighbor, just to say “thank you for being a friend.”
So much of the time I feel overwhelmed and needy, unable to give and too often asking for something to be given to me. I need to remember that I also have the ability to give back; I just need to figure out how.
What can you do for someone else today?