June 9, 2009 by Marci
How many times in our daily lives are there opportunities to be a blessing to someone, but we are too overwhelmed by our present busyness to even attempt to do anything. We might want to, but we just can’t. We have to get home to mop the floor so our kids can get it dirty again. Or, we have to get our kids to their accordion practice. Whatever it is, there always seems to be a crazy excuse not to get involved in some one’s life other than our own. Let me share an email with you that went out to the members of a homeschooling group in our area. It is a great example of someone not being too busy to make a difference in someone else’s life.
I was talking to the receptionist at my father’s nursing home, and she made
a comment about how little mail the residents receive. In fact, one man cried
with joy when he recently received a letter. Therefore, I was wondering if any
of our homeschooled children would be interested in making cards or pictures to
mail to the nursing home. There are currently 75 residents at the home (Rosewood
in East Peoria). If anyone is interested, please e-mail me directly. Tell me how
many resident names you want and if you wish to send something to a man or
woman. If most of our families take one resident name for each of their
children, we could easily overwhelm the nursing home with mail. Can you imagine
the smiles and tears of joy this would bring? Let me know if you are interested.
The response to this simple email was overwhelming. Within a few days, all residents of the nursing home were spoken for! Think of what a great lesson this was for the children! Children from all over our area are making pictures and writing letters to people they don’t even know for the express purpose of brightening their day. My daughter received the name of a woman named Edna and was thrilled. “I like that name,” she said. She drew Enda a great picture of a train and wrote her a lovely letter using her newly learned cursive handwriting.
Now, just think what would have happened if this woman would have said, “Oh, that’s too bad. Someone should do something about that. I would, but I’m too busy.” This woman is a home schooling mom at the end of the school year. She probably has a few things on her plate. Yet, she saw a need and took care of it.
There are 2 important lessons here. One lesson is that this woman looked beyond herself for a moment and cared enough to do something selfless for people she doesn’t even know. Lesson two is that she didn’t try to do it all herself! She enlisted the help of others. She wasn’t a control freak looking for personal accolades. I want us all to learn those two important lessons and how we can apply them in our everyday lives. I, also, want to issue a challenge.
Let’s start a movement. Think of the last time you were in a nursing home visiting a loved one. Did you notice all the people who never have visitors? I remember when I would visit my Grandmother being taken back by the numbers of forgotten people longing for someone to talk to. God loves them, too. Let’s show them. Can your church or school group “adopt” a nursing home? What about your scout troop or moms group? I’m sure other nursing homes in your area would love this kind of attention. Maybe, instead of adopting a nursing home, you could adopt the shut-ins in your church. Send them a card or pay them a visit. All it takes is a decision, a couple phone calls or some emails.
Who can your bless today? Are you up for the challenge? Who else do you know that would be? Let me know!!