Giving and Getting Help

The power to encourage and uplift others lies within each of us. One of the simplest yet effective ways to help people is through communication. As Proverbs 25:11 rightly says, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver." Just saying, "I understand," "I'm here for you," or "You're not alone" can bring enormous encouragement to someone having a hard time.

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Practical help, such as assisting someone with groceries, offering to babysit, or helping them maintain their homes or gardens, can mean a lot, especially to those who are elderly, sick, or struggling financially. This kind of service act represents the Christian principle of loving your neighbors as you love yourself, as stated in Mark 12:31.

Simple acts of kindness like giving compliments, smiling warmly, or opening a door for someone can create a ripple of positivity. A study conducted by the University of Oxford revealed that performing acts of kindness can boost happiness and well-being (

Sometimes, people need more than just kind words. They need someone to listen to them without judgment. Encourage them to talk, and offer a sympathetic ear. Listening shows you care, which can inspire them to keep going despite life’s struggles.


Reach out to the people you see every day. Ask how they're doing and demonstrate genuine interest in their lives. Small gestures such as these might seem insignificant to you, but they could mean the world to them

Supporting local causes and volunteering are excellent ways to keep your community and help people. Not only will this benefit others, but research shows that volunteering can boost our own mental health. (

Offer your expertise, skills, or knowledge to help someone else. This could include mentoring a colleague, teaching a class, or supporting a local startup. Consider the story of Roberta, a retired teacher who aided a struggling young student; she not only helped him succeed in his studies but also gave him the confidence to believe in himself.

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Watch for signs of those who might be struggling or in need. It could be a neighbor who seems isolated or an underperforming colleague. Reach out, offer your help, and remind them that it’s okay to ask for assistance.

Encourage people physically. A pat on the back, a warm hug, or a comforting touch on the arm can affirm your support and concern when words are insufficient

Remember the old adage, "Laughter is the best medicine." Inject humor into conversations to lighten the mood and help people feel better. Just be sure to keep it light-hearted and appropriate


Express gratitude regularly. Thank others for their help, appreciate their achievements, and acknowledge their efforts. This can motivate them and make them feel valued.

Encourage others to take care of themselves, too. Suggest they take a break, get enough sleep, eat healthy, exercise, and seek professional help when necessary. These actions can help bolster their resilience in difficult times.

When talking with someone who’s discouraged or finding it hard to keep going, remind them of their strengths, achievements, and the times they've overcome other struggles. This can provide much needed perspective and help reframe their views on current challenges.

Prayer is a powerful tool for Christians. Even if you're not religious, offering to pray for someone is seen as a spiritual act of support, which can be very comforting and uplifting.

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Promote positivity by sharing uplifting stories, motivational quotes, or inspiring podcasts with those who need encouragement.

When encouraging, ensure your words are sincere and genuine. Forced or artificial encouragement can come off as insincere and may even have the opposite effect.

Whenever you see someone pushing forward despite setbacks, acknowledge their courage. Reinforce the notion that every small progress is still progress worth celebrating.

Finally, reinforcement is critical. Keep checking in, and be consistently supportive. Your steady presence can provide the support and encouragement someone needs to keep going.

In helping others, we often find the encouragement and strength we need to keep going ourselves. As you look for ways to help people, remember Proverbs 11:25 - "Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed."

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