Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
We live in a hurting world. It seems like there is trouble all around us. We see conflict in our politics as Republicans and Democrats can’t seem to agree on much of anything and harsh insults and accusations are thrown by both sides. Senseless violence seems to be prevalent as innocent people are assaulted and killed including innocent children getting off the school bus. We see the effects as an out of control virus claims lives and spreads fear and many of us have felt the sting of cancer as it claimed the lives of our loved one. We see racism, bigotry, misogyny, and other biases that seek to divide us. Our world is hurting.
That’s why I’ve been reflecting upon the above quote from Mr. Rogers. “Look for the helpers”. In today’s world, it’s easy to see the pain and the hurt. It’s easy to see the problems and the strife. But wherever there is pain and hurting and wherever there are problems and strife, there are helpers. There are men and women striving to bring healing and hope to this hurting world. They are seeking to be the hands and feet of Jesus to their neighbors and community. They love sacrificially and give of their time and energy to ease the burdens of their neighbors. They require no compensation or acclaim. They love Jesus; therefore, they love their neighbor and seek the good of others. Their joy in the service of others is reward enough.
When you look at this world and see the hurt and pain around you, I want to encourage you to look for the helpers. Look for the good that is being done. Look for those who are seeking to bring peace, healing and comfort to the pain around them. Look for those who are desiring to make this world look a little bit more like the Kingdom of God.
And then join them. Look to serve others. Look to bring a smile to someone’s face. Look to ease the burden of someone whom life has beaten down. Look to be the hands and feet of Christ to the hurting, sick, troubled and struggling in our community. Look to be a helper.
Just imagine that the next time someone says, “Look for the helpers”, they will see you there loving, caring and changing lives for the glory of God.