Day 9: Thankful for Helpers

Every November, I use the space here on Everyday Truth to provide you with a family devotional to get your family focused on their blessings. Join me here every day for a new installment of the devotional. It’s a great way to get your family focused on Thanksgiving before the mad rush to Christmas. You can find the the days you’ve missed here and any printables here, then follow along with me all month to learn about being thankful for the people in your family’s life. Pin it, share it, tweet it, invite your friends to join you. It’s going to be a great month.

A Thankful Heart

Some days, you just need some help. Whether it's learning to tie your shoe, trying to master algebra, or reaching something on a tall shelf, sometimes we have to ask for help.  So many people in our lives are helpers. They help us learn, they help us grow, and they help us out of tough situations.

I bet if you made a list of all the people who help you during the day, your list would be really long. Sometimes those people who help us are friends, and sometimes they are total strangers. That guy that held the door for you and your mom or dad when your hands were full as you left the grocery story? He's a helper. The firefighters who work to keep the people in your town safe? They're helpers. Your friend who told you what the homework assignment was when you missed class? She's a helper.

Other people help us get through every day, and a lot of times we take those people for granted. We assume that if we dial 9-1-1, the police and firefighters will show up. We assume that if we need help with a chore around the house, our parents will  be there. We assume that if we're having a tough day, our friends will be there to listen to us. But do you ever stop to thank those people?

When was the last time you thanked a worker at a store for helping you? When was the last time you stopped by the fire station to offer your thanks to the men and women who work there? When was the last time you thanked the school nurse for helping you when you have a cut or you're sick?

On days when everything seems to be going wrong for us, there are always people who want to help. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up." The people in our life who act as helpers are there to pull us up when we fall down. They encourage us and help us get back on our feet.

Even in the darkest moments, there are helpers. When a house burns, the firefighters come. When someone dies, a pastor is often there to comfort the family. When a tornado hits, rescue workers come to help. When a crime is committed, the police show up. Mr. Rogers (yes, from the preschool TV show) once said, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

So, today, look for the helpers in your life, and every time someone helps you today, thank them. Then thank God for them.

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Action step: Make a list today of all the people who help you during the day. Then choose one person off that list to thank. You can use the printable sheet to make your list, then use the printable notecard to write them a note telling them how thankful you are for their help. Keep your list and pray for each person on it this week, being sure to thank God for how each person helps you.