Remember the question I asked you a week ago? If you wanted to buy something but were still deliberating about it, would having it go on sale be taken by you as a sign that you should definitely buy it?
Well, I bought the item—a very sexy printer (I know, I’m a geek)—because I really need it for something I’m thinking of embarking on, and it was on sale. I had no idea the printer would be so large and so heavy! I almost died transporting the thing back to my workplace, which was at least 20-25 minutes away by foot. I sha persevered; I had no choice since all the taxis and buses decided to disappear from downtown when I needed them most. Even though I had to pause for a rest every five minutes or so, I made it back to the office, arms quivering and covered in sweat! I wanted to go take a shower once I arrived back in the office because I felt so gross. For a full two hours afterwards, holding anything heavier than a sheet of paper caused my muscles to twitch in exhaustion. Two days later I still felt soreness. I am not even exaggerating.
So not only am I thankful that the printer was on sale, I’m thankful for the coworker who insisted on driving me home! This was such a blessing: this colleague lives nowhere near me. In fact, she lives the opposite direction from me, and I live a solid 45 minutes away from our workplace by bus (perhaps 25-30 minutes by car). She saved me from the dirty looks of fellow passengers on the bus, plus the trouble of getting on and off a bus with a cumbersome load. Although this colleague is not religious, she often exhibits actions that Christians should embrace. In fact, sometimes you can’t blame those who shun religion, especially when these non-Christians see how some Christians behave! When I was soliciting donations for a cause close to my heart, this colleague donated three times the amount of the average donation I received. She buys treats for her colleagues every now and then, for no particular reason. And she’ll drop her own work to help anyone who asks. And can you imagine: she was apologizing to me that I had to carry the printer down to where her car was parked! Anyway, I was really blessed by her generosity last Friday evening, going so far out of her way to help me.
This idea of having a helpful nature is one that I have to constantly work on. I am fairly helpful, but I prefer to volunteer the help, rather than be asked to help. So, if I see someone with a need that I feel I can provide, I will do what I can to help, but if someone asks me to help them, sometimes I can barely hide my irritation that they are daring to request help, and sometimes interrupting me at that! How dare they! But what if I don’t see the need? How else will someone communicate to me that they need my assistance?
My dad is fond of saying that the true meaning of sharing comes out when it’s inconvenient to do so. If I have two full meals before me and you ask for one and I give it to you, I am sharing, but since one meal would be my normal consumption, I’m not really suffering by sharing; I’m saving myself from overeating. ;)
But if I have one meal in front of me and we’re both starving and I divide everything in half and eat half of what I’d normally enjoy if you weren’t around, well that’s truly sharing. Similarly, if you only help people with what you think they need help with and only when it’s convenient for you, and you don’t respond to their actual cries for help because the timing doesn’t work for you, you’re not really being as helpful as you may think you are.
So anyone who wants to help me:
- find a good man
- become a master cook
- get away for a nice relaxing vacation
please step up! No kind offers will be refused.