stay calm and be a helper

stay calm
mind your own business
live quietly
work with your hands
do your own job

Nothing especially profound.  But words that speak to me this week.  You can find them in 1 Thessalonians 4:11.

Life can be ridiculous.  Tribulation is part of it.  But consider this.  If we all stay calm, if we live in peace and do what we’re supposed to do, it will be simpler.  Work with our hands while living a quiet life.  And be a helper.

My friend posted this on Facebook this week:  

Be a helper.  [Kris, if you’re reading this, it’s YOU!]  

Who doesn’t believe the world needs more helpers?  What qualities do helpers have? Generally they’re calm, and focused on doing their job.

Mr. Rogers said:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

I suppose we also have to remember to help the helpers. But really, if we’re all doing what we’re supposed to, it will work in a circle.  All of us calm, helping each other.  

“No matter how experienced the helpers, their lives are forever changed by these tragedies.  Thank them.  Pray for them.”  ~ Brene Brown 

It’s hard at times not to be overcome.  Personal stuff buried inside me.  All the issues my family faces.  College in the fall for our son.  A study abroad possibility for our teenage daughter.  Jobs and school and neighborhood stuff.  Passing grandparents and extended family.  Stories of people getting shot in places I’ve been ….scary stuff.  News from other places of tragedies.  People doing crazy things.  Realizing we control so very little.

It’s good to be reminded to be a helper.  We don’t all have to take charge.  We don’t all have to be in the front.  But we can all help.  It’s also good to be reminded to thank our helpers.  And pray for them.  The first responders.  The people who happened to be at the certain place at the certain time.  The people who go out of their way.  Sometimes it’s their job; sometimes it’s not.  

stay calm….mind your own business….live quietly……do your job….work……
be a helper

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