• A Helping Hand
There is something special about offering someone your hand. It is symbolic of presence, or not doing something alone. To extend a helpful hand is something every children’s leader can do. Find a child! Come along side them and offer them your hand of assistance. Every kid, no matter how good his parents are, needs the support from other nurturing adults. What better choice for that than a children’s leader who offers a welcoming outstretched hand?
We find this illustrated in the Scriptures. The Lord said, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isa. 41:10)
“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” (Isa. 41:13)
And Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey every thing I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19, 20)
Giving someone your hand is, not necessarily, giving them a “hand out!” It is not really about money, but offering a hand that helps. Giving a hand is not the privilege for the rich and famous. It is reserved for all who love others, as Jesus did. I believe that one of the greatest gifts we can offer others is your helpful hand. Reach out and touch someone!
We need good adults who remember how helpful someone was to them. Then they can return the favor to those less fortunate than themselves. This will render assistance, especially if you ask God to lead you to help others in need. You cannot help everybody, but you can help someone.
There is someone you can help. Why not be more intentional about it? If you have been helped, return the favor. You have been left an example, so you could be helpful like someone was to you in your need.
Why not be there for children? You might just be the friend that will help them succeed with their lives.
If you want friends, you have to show yourself friendly. Extend your helping hand. You might find that this, act of friendship, is really imitating God. Be sure that you do not neglect to give children a hand in knowing about Jesus. You might be a real Kid Helper too.
“Here, take my hand. I will assist you through this. I will go with you, so you will not be alone. I think you could use my help. It will be OK. We will face this together. We can do this. Stay close, so you will not wander off. When you are afraid, I will be here—right by your side. Hold on, we are going for a ride. I will be your friend. I will be right here, by your side.” — Your new traveling companion.