We were walking through the woods. The area that we were in didn't have very good trails and it was pretty thick with branches, limbs, and bushes. The person in front of me kept moving things aside to make my hike easier. I really appreciated that. He didn't have to do that, but he did. Other times that I have hiked, the person in front of me didn't do this and I would often get slapped in the face by a branch or limb.
The apostle Paul said:
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV).
Life is often pretty tough. You see weariness on the faces of many people these days. Acts of kindness extended toward them are like a tall, refreshing drink of water in a dry and barren place.
Do you try to make the journey easier for those around you?
Many of us have experienced the difficulties of life. Often times we've brought these difficulties on ourselves by making mistakes, or doing things the hard way. If we see others making those same mistakes, we could offer to help them.
Some of us are in a better financial standing than when we were younger. We remember what it was like to barely makes ends meet. There may be times when we see this happening to others and see that we could help in some simple way and they wouldn't even have to know who did it.
Often we see young couples struggling with small children. They seem overwhelmed and often frustrated. Wouldn't it be great if we could offer some help to the young parents in these situations — not by offering criticism, but a helping hand and providing them an occasional night out.
Young Christians often struggle with their new walk with the Lord and seem to be drawn back in to a worldly lifestyle. We could spend some time with them, offer encouragement, and share with them how we struggled too. In addition, we can pray regularly for them and affirm them for the good things they do.
I could mention many other examples, but they would only illustrate the same basic point. There are countless ways that we can make the journey easier for others around us. Let's pray that the Lord will show us who and when and how. Let's ask the Savior to use us to be a blessing.
[Jesus talking about the judgment at the end of time, said] "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'" (Matthew 25:37-40).