Helping Others

 

“Why don’t they do their own work?  Don’t they know I have more important things to do than their job along with mine?”  Peter ranted to his wife, Amy.

“Maybe they had a bad day.”  She tried to console her husband, but he was upset about work again.  It seemed to be his motto every day when he came home.

“Do they have a bad day every day?  I mean, why can’t they simply do the tasks I tell them to?  Is that asking too much?”  Peter was frustrated.

“What do they do exactly?” Amy asked.

“I tell one of them to answer the phone and ask what other people need help with. It’s called the Help Desk Department for that reason.  Then, I have to answer the phones; try to find someone who will fix the problem and will actually go do the work.  When they don’t do any of those things, I have to be the one to go down and help everyone.  It makes me so mad,” Peter said as he ran his hand through his hair.

Amy thought for a minute and said, “Do you ever ask them why they have a problem doing their work?”

“Oh, I ask.  One of them said he has problems with his wife.  Another says his mother is sick or in the hospital.  The other is in the middle of moving.  I just don’t understand why they are so distracted.”

Amy looked at Peter with disbelief.  “Do you remember the Pastor speaking about carrying each other’s burdens on Sunday?  He quoted Galatians 6:2, ‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.’  This is what he was talking about.  These guys seem to be having a rough time in their lives, so you need to be there to pick up the areas they are lacking and help them with their burdens.  By blessing them in this way, you will be blessed.  I’m sure they appreciate you and your help.  Maybe you should be thinking of ways you can help instead of getting mad.”  She hoped Peter would realize how he could turn his frustration into blessings for others.

Peter looked out the window.  “I never thought of it that way before.  I guess you are right.  They weren’t always like that.  They used to be very responsible.  I have been getting angry looking at the situation only from my side.  They do seem to need some help.  Tomorrow I will ask them what I can do to help each of them.  Thank you for the talk.  I really did need to hear that.”  Peter walked over and gave his wife a hug.  “What would I do without you?”

“You will always have God to turn to, but I will be here to be your voice of reason.”  Amy smiled at Peter.  She knew God was the One who really spoke to him.

“Thank You, Lord, for showing me how to bless others as You have blessed me.”  Peter knew things were going to be different from now on.  He would do his best to help others because God had given Peter His best.