We have spent several days examining the characteristics of the uncaring person and then traits of the caring person. With which one do you most identify? Well, how do I become a caring person? How do I do today’s verse, “Go, and do thou likewise?”
First, identify people who need your care. Sit down and make a list of the needs of people around you: your family, the church, neighbors…
Second, reach out to others, don’t wait for them to come to you. In church, you should shake their hand and introduce yourself. Take time to get to know them. Most people are private. They will not ever bother you with their burdens until you take time to get involved with them.
Third, communicate beyond the superficial level. When you meet someone, it is okay to “talk about the weather.” However, as you develop a relationship, pursue depth by asking meaningful questions.
Fourth, empathize with them. Notice our new memory verse for this week. Let them know that you are willing to help them. Get under their load with them.
Fifth, listen without judging. Good listening requires concentration, hearing what is not said, as well as, that which is said. It involves eye contact and body language. It means trying to communicate. In this way, you can hear a person’s heart, needs, and anxieties. Our action step for the week is listening with the ears of Jesus.
Sixth, respond with a caring gift. Give something tangible that says, “I’m praying for you” or “I’m with you.” It might be a card, a phone call, a book, a text… anything they can hold in their hands and be reminded they are not alone.