The title of this post says it all. So many of us are very willing and able to help and pray for friends or acquaintances when they are going through something hard. However, all of us also have friends that will go through hard things very much alone or without help or prayer, because they don’t want to become a problem to those around them. It makes sense, right? No one wants to be a burden or feel like the person that is always asking for help. When was the last time you explicitly accepted or asked for help? So, here is a way you can change the world: pray for your friends without being asked. And here is the hard part… help friends without being asked. An example of this would be a friend with a medical procedure, new baby, or illness. Don’t ask if they need meals… ask them what they like to eat and then make a freezer meal for them. Or, say a friend has car trouble, tell them you’ll give them a ride to and from a mechanic so they don’t have to wait there for hours (and tell them you KNOW you don’t have to do it). The point is, people are not usually going to tell you they want these things, but doing them can show love in a tangible way and may improve the world for your friends. Obviously, there are limits to this. Don’t be disrespectful or assume you know best, but the point of this post is to remind myself and everyone else to be cognizant of the fact that people do not easily accept help, even when they could use it.
P.S. If you don’t have a friend with a tangible need like those mentioned right now, you can always do some random act of kindness, too.