John 13:1-14, 34-35

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Do the little things

If I had written this a month ago, I think my focus would have been different. Today, in the midst of this pandemic, verses 34-35 are of even greater importance. As we shelter in our homes, socially-distanced from friends and even family, it is easy to get a little paranoid from non-stop grim news and political backbiting.  

For our own well-being, we need to spend more time thinking about the good that is happening. We can love one another in so many different ways right now, and there is evidence of that all around us. 

Churches are looking outside the traditional box and reaching out by video, blogs and personal phone calls to help people stay connected. Even more importantly, neighbors are checking on each other and dropping off bags of food on porches. 

We are talking and encouraging each other from across the street on daily walks. Many of my neighbors have written encouraging messages at the bottom of their driveways in sidewalk chalk. 

Happy posters are appearing in windows. Neighborhoods are coming together by having residents go out on their front porches at a specific time once a week and cheering … for essential workers, for each other, for life.

Little things mean a lot these days, and it is a good time for us all to reflect on what we can do for one another, not just now but as life moves forward in the coming months.

My hope is that we will continue to be more accepting and less critical of each other, continue to make time for one another and continue to do the little things that mean so much to someone else.

—Shari Helms


Prayer:   Dear Lord, help each of us follow Jesus’s commandment to love one another, day by day, as we know we are loved by you. May we show the world who we are by how we care for one another.

To Ponder:  What little thing can you do today to let someone know they are loved?