One of my favorite quotes comes from Mr. Rogers. It's about finding hope in the midst of tragedy.
I always hear this quoted when major tragedies happen, but the thing is, helpers appear all the time. Not just after major disasters. The people who will be helping after major disasters are most likely helping before them.
"Helpers" are people who bring dinner when you're sick, stop and help you change a tire or pay for your drink at Starbucks. "Helpers" are people who open the door when you've got your hands full (or just to be nice when you don't), let you in when you can't find a gap in traffic, or flush the toilet in the stall that everyone is avoiding because the person who used it didn't. "Helpers" are people who are constantly looking for ways to make the world a better place. We can't all discover the vaccine for polio or save thousands of Jews from Hitler's clutches. But we can all do something.
Helpers have a discerning eye, but they aren't critical. You don't see helpers standing on the sidelines telling everyone what they are doing wrong. Helpers actively work to find a solution. They DO something. There is obviously a place for pointing out errors but that can't be the extent of our "help".
I'm so thankful for the helpers in my life. This week my kids are attending a little backyard VBS. It's super small but I am so thankful for the people who are taking time out of their lives to teach my children about Jesus and helping them to hide God's word in their hearts. As a mom, I need all of the help I can get and I appreciate every bit of it!
So my question is...are you a "helper"? :)